Monday, May 24, 2010

Playing in Open Fire Hydrant

A group of children on Minock decided to beat the early summer heat by opening a fire hydrant. I'm sure this was fun for them.

There are, however, a few problems with doing this. First and foremost, opening one fire hydrant lowers the water pressure at all of the other ones in the area. If a fire erupted in the area, this could be a problem.

In addition, it causes the surrounding streets to flood and interferes with traffic.

I can't blame the kids for not thinking of those things. The adults nearby, however, are another story.

According to the Department of Water & Sewage, several people called to complain about it. Eventually, something will happen.


Stella said...

When I was a kid living in Brightmoor, the fire department used to put a sprinkler cap on and open the hydrants for the kids at a set time during the summer! Things have really changed. I know they would not have the time or manpower these days.

Frank said...

Oh, I remember that, too. It's a good idea to let the kids have their fun, but do it in a way that doesn't interfere with everything else.

They make sure the streets don't flood and shut it off if there's ever a fire nearby.

I miss those days.