It may be tempting to cool yourself off on hot days by opening a fire hydrant, but open hydrants can lower local water pressure, hinder the efforts of firefighters, and endanger the lives of children who may be propelled into traffic by the force of the water. Consider obtaining a spray cap from your local fire station. Install it on any fire hydrant to produce a circular spray of cool water, reducing output to a safe level while still providing relief from the heat.
-Learn more about spray caps from the Department of Environmental Protection here.
-Learn more about steps to take during heat emergencies here.
-Read OEM’s Tip of the Week online here.