Harlem Heat Wave? Don’t Even Think About Opening That Fire Hydrant!

June 18, 2024

As the summer heat intensifies in NYC, NYC Emergency Management reminds Harlem residents to resist the temptation of opening fire hydrants without proper spray caps.

While it may seem like a refreshing way to beat the heat, illegally opened hydrants are not only wasteful but also pose serious safety risks.

Hydrants that are opened without City-approved spray caps can significantly lower water pressure in the area, potentially putting lives at risk in the event of a fire emergency. The powerful force of an open hydrant can also cause serious injury, especially to children playing nearby.

Instead of taking matters into your own hands, Harlem residents are encouraged to report any open hydrants to 3-1-1. This will ensure that the appropriate authorities can respond and address the situation safely.

For those seeking a legal and safe way to cool off, NYC offers a simple solution. Adults aged 18 and over can obtain City-approved spray caps for fire hydrants free of charge from their local firehouses. These caps allow hydrants to be opened legally, providing a refreshing spray while maintaining water pressure and safety.

To learn more about staying cool and safe during extreme heat, visit the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s website at https://www.nyc.gov/site/dep/whats-new/extreme-heat-tips.page.By following these guidelines, Harlem residents can enjoy the summer months without compromising the safety of their community or wasting precious water resources.



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