City To Locals: Don't Use Hydrants To Cool Off 7-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

City To Locals: Don't Use Hydrants To Cool Off 7-06-2010

City of Flint officials are advising residents to not turn on fire hydrants for relief from the sweltering heat of summer.
The use of fire hydrants by unauthorized persons is a violation of Flint city ordinance and the officials said they present a public safety threat.
The ordinance is found in the Flint city charter under section 46-15 - Use of Hydrants without Permission.
It shall be unlawful for any person, other than city employees, to use hydrants without first having obtained permission from the Fire Chief and the Superintendent of Water Supply.
There is also a risk of injury to the persons involved when these hydrants are being turned on unlawfully, officials said.
The misuse of fire hydrants can also cause a public safety threat as well.
The city's fire suppression ability is at risk whenever hydrants are turned on illegally.
Using the fire hydrants to cool off can make it impossible for the city to supply enough water in emergency situations, causing the possible loss of life, buildings and homes.
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