(Lauren Evans) Opening a fire hydrant is a great way to lower your triple-digit body temperature, but the Department of Environmental Protection is adamant that you do it correctly—that is, with a spray cap. More than 200 reports of illegally opened fire hydrants poured in over the weekend, resulting in gallons of wasted water.

An illegally-opened hydrant, which releases 1,000 gallons of water per minute, results in lowered water pressure, which can turn deadly in the event of a fire. Furthermore, the blast from an unfiltered hydrant can be dangerous for children, potentially sending them shooting skyward on a rocket of water. A properly-capped hydrant, on the other hand, only releases around 20 to 25 gallons of water and is perfectly safe for anyone not afraid of fun.

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