Open Fire Hydrants

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High Temps Bring Warnings About Heat, Opening Fire Hydrants

The heat and humidity could reach dangerous levels in the Chicago area this week, and could bring heat indexes of 100 degrees or higher for the next four days.

07/16/2013

Kids play in the spray of water from an open fire hydrant on the South Side on July 21, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Need Police Escort To Shut Off Fire Hydrants

City crews scambling to turn off nearly 2,000 fire hydrants opened by residents seeking relief from the heat required a police escort to protect them from gang members and others upset with the shutdowns.

CBS Chicago–07/22/2011

Kids play in the spray of water from an open fire hydrant on the South Side on July 21, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

City Officials: ‘Don’t Open A Fire Hydrant To Stay Cool’

One big problem the city is not happy about amid this week’s heat wave: the number of open fire hydrants. Since Monday, the city has shut off more than 1,700 open hydrants, with roughly 200 still gushing as of 5 p.m. on Thursday.

CBS Chicago–07/21/2011

Chicago resident Eddie Richardson uses a fan to keep cool at his apartment during a July 2011 heat wave. Many air conditioners at his building had to be removed while management put in new windows. (Credit: CBS)

Heat Means Danger For Seniors, Kids

The heat wave that has left Chicagoans sweating for the past two days is nothing to fool around with. It can be deadly, especially for senior citizens.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2011