Here's How to Legally Beat the Heat with New York City Fire Hydrants

Classic NYC Summer | An open hydrant spraying water on a hot summer day.
Classic NYC Summer | An open hydrant spraying water on a hot summer day.
Photo: Phil Roeder

New York City has had some pretty intense heat waves in recent years, and a common way for residents to beat the heat is to turn a neighborhood fire hydrant into a large sprinkler for the kids. You're not supposed to go out with a wrench and open one on your own though, so how do you legally get a fire hydrant turned on? Check out this short animated GIF from the NYC Mayor's Office to learn how to request your legal spray cap.

Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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