In Philadelphia, we're lucky to have more pools and spray grounds per resident than any other city in the U.S.
Because we have all those great, free places to cool off, there's no reason to open fire hydrants when the weather gets hot or risk swimming in our unpredictable rivers, where drowning is always a risk.
Opening hydrants can cause a number of dangerous situations:
- A fire hydrant opened at full pressure can cause serious bodily harm, or even death, should a child, or an adult get pushed into oncoming traffic while playing in front of the hydrant
- Illegally opening a hydrant can break the valves and make the hydrant useless when it's needed most—during a fire on your block
- The huge amount of water coming out of hydrants can flood local basements and cause problems with gas and electric lines
- Operating hydrants the wrong way can break the water mains that are under your street when not properly turned on or off
If you see a hydrant open on your block, report it right away by calling our emergency hotline at (215) 685-6300.
Not a bathing suit person? Head to a local library and cool off while checking out the wide range of free resources the Free Library of Philadelphia provides for residents.
And, as always, take advantage of the clean, top-quality water available from your tap—at less than a half a penny per gallon, it's the best way to stay hydrated when the temps soar.
For more tips about staying safe in the heat, check out these #StayCoolPHL tips from the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management.