The right way to open a fire hydrant in the heat of summer

Spotted at 105-15 Jamaica Avenue at 5 pm on July 28, 2023.

While it’s technically illegal to bust open the fire hydrant on your block, the legal way is to get the FDNY to do it for you. You can put in a request to open a hydrant and if it’s approved, a member of the fire department will come to fit itwith a spray cap and return that same day to close it up. 

To request a spray cap fitting, go down to a firehouse and fill out a short form. You can find your nearest firehouse on the 311 Firehouses page. You must be over 18 years old and bring your ID with you. The FDNY told THE CITY it has distributed more than 1,400 spray caps so far this year.

Vote Danniel Maio by November 7, 2023