The ubiquitous fire hydrant

@Alexandoy (59904)
Cainta, Philippines
June 30, 2020 5:28pm CST
I seem to be missing the fire hydrant that usually adorn the street corners of avenues. Maybe they have reduced the number since fire trucks are now advanced with long hoses. In some cases, the fire hydrants were removed because some enterprising people would open it to fetch water for their personal use. It is like having free water. Anyway, the hydrant is for emergency need of water when there is a house on fire.
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@moffittjc (83882)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jun
Our fire department goes around the city testing the fire hydrants every couple of months to make sure they are working properly. The kids love it when they come test the fire hydrants in the neighborhoods, as all the kids will gather and play in the water. A lot of times during the summer, the fire department will attach the hoses from their fire trucks to the hydrants, and then spray all the kids from up high on their ladder.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
30 Jun
That seems to be a lot of fun with the testing and the kids playing in the water. We do not have that testing here. There's even a time that the hydrant had no water.
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@moffittjc (83882)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jun
@Alexandoy Well, that defeats the purpose of having a hydrant if there is no water! Our fire department tests the fire hydrants regularly to make sure they work, and also to bleed out any rust that has built up in the pipes underground.
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@Thrilliana (12414)
• Philippines
30 Jun
Thats fuuuun
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@rebelann (72205)
• El Paso, Texas
30 Jun
Oh wow, never have I thought of fire hydrants ..... here they paint them red. There is one across the street from my home.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
30 Jun
Same here, the hydrant is also colored red.
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@rebelann (72205)
• El Paso, Texas
1 Jul
So why is the hydrant in your photo yellow @Alexandoy ?
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
@rebelann it actually looks like peach to me, the color.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
I don't think people use them illegally here. Mostly the connection point seems to be under a paving stone in the streets.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
I think it is only here that people are using the fire hydrant for their water needs.
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@JudyEv (214357)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Jul
@Alexandoy Any new businesses are now required to have x gallons of water available for fire-fighting. Most seem to put in big tanks for this purpose.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
@JudyEv that is a good safety measure if buildings would have their own water for the fire hose.
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@Adie04 (6649)
1 Jul
Now actually why do I see your clothes interesting? It seems like what we called here batik clothes.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
I think I bought that in Jakarta.
@Adie04 (6649)
1 Jul
@Alexandoy ahh, no wonder it has the batik feel
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
2 Jul
@Adie04 when we go to another country, I always try to buy something to wear like a shirt or slippers.
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@DianneN (177056)
• United States
1 Jul
Our town doesn’t have one fire hydrant. The fire trucks have to carry whatever they carry to put out fires.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
If there are many fire trucks then I guess that will do. But here there are so many houses and fire trucks are not really that many. When there is a fire usually the houses get burned easily since the areas are congested.
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@DianneN (177056)
• United States
1 Jul
@Alexandoy That’s a real problem.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
@DianneN when fire hits a crowded community in the city, more often than not half of the houses would be burned before the fire can be controlled by the firemen simply because the fire trucks cannot enter the congested area. The alleys and pathways are only for motorcycles.
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@sharon6345 (240521)
• United States
1 Jul
They open the hydrant the other day and all the people around there were enjoying the cool refreshing pour.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
One comment here said about the testing of the hydrant and the kids would enjoy the water. I would love to sample that, waheehee.
@sharon6345 (240521)
• United States
1 Jul
@Alexandoy they sure do and that water is often freezing too.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
@sharon6345 aw, I do not like freezing water, that can kill me, waheehee.
@Thrilliana (12414)
• Philippines
30 Jun
Wow people can really open that? Hahah
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
30 Jun
Yes, in Manila the guys are really smart.
@Thrilliana (12414)
• Philippines
30 Jun
@Alexandoy psh!! Those people
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
@Thrilliana they are like that in Manila. Discipline is hard to enforce. My cousin who lives in Tondo has the Meralco post inside his 2nd floor balcony. It's just a shame that I was not able to take a picture.
@Deepizzaguy (37179)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
1 Jul
Nice looking fire hydrant.
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
That is in an upside commercial area.
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@Deepizzaguy (37179)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
1 Jul
@Alexandoy Thank you for sharing the story here on this site.
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• Agra, India
2 Jul
It is good to have them provided they are in working condition
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
2 Jul
They should always be in working condition but here it is not guaranteed.
• Peoria, Arizona
1 Jul
We have a fire hydrant just up the road from us, it has had to be used a few times. And then one time it broke due to a landslide. It was very muddy for a long time in our area. It was a good time to be a kid haha
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
When that happens here for sure the kids would be playing in the mud.
• Philippines
1 Jul
Hello @Alexandoy I thought you're in the airport by the looks on the floor. Well, That's useful in case of a huge fire.
@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
That is in the membership supermarket Landers.
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• Philippines
1 Jul
@Alexandoy So that building is a supermarket? wow
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@Alexandoy (59904)
• Cainta, Philippines
1 Jul
@Letranknight2015 yes, Landers Superstore.