It’s Hot as Blazes but Please leave fire hydrants alone

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From DC Water:

“Please leave fire hydrants alone
—Residents are urged to cool off without opening hydrants—
—Tampering with hydrants is illegal, dangerous, can cause low water pressure and can damage the water system—

As temperatures rise, the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department and DC Water urge those in the District to beat the heat without tampering with fire hydrants. Unauthorized hydrant use can hamper firefighting, damage the water system and cause injury. It can also flood streets, creating traffic dangers. And it can lower the water pressure for everyone on the block.

Residents and visitors in the District can keep cool by staying in shade or air conditioning and drinking plenty of water. When the temperature or heat index reaches 95, residents are encouraged to take extra precautions against the heat. If they do not live in an air-conditioned building, they may take refuge at a District swimming pool, cooling center, recreation facility, senior center or other air-conditioned building. More information, and locations, can be found at or by calling 311.

Also DC Water offers a misting tent and cooling stations for large community events sponsored by District agencies and community groups. These are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis by registering online at or by calling the Office of External Affairs at 202-787-2200.

In the event of a life-threatening heat emergency, please call 911 for medical assistance. Tampering with a District hydrant is a crime, subject to a $100 fine. To report unauthorized use of fire hydrants, please call the DC Water Command Center at 202-612-3400.”

5 Comment

  • randomduck

    Too bad most outdoor pools aren’t open during this current heat event due to lack of staffing.

    • I think maybe expanded hours would be very nice, like has been done in the past, however I just checked the list and only see one DC public pool closed for renovations, all others are open at normal hours.

      What are your referring to – most outdoor pool?

      • According to the DPR website, none of the outdoor pools or spray parks are open during the week until 6/23. Until then it’s weekends only.

  • What should we do if we see some jerk-wad opening a hydrant? Last year I asked a guy to shut it off but didn’t go farther since he was holding a HUGE wrench. Prob should have called 911 once I was out of site.

  • even when HT pool should be open they aren’t because there aren’t enough people show up for work….

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