NEW YORK (WPIX)—What is already a dangerous heat wave has now turned deadly with at least one fatality in Queens blamed on the record high temperatures.
As New York City area's relentless heatwave moves from bake to broil the gushing of water spraying from open hydrants was the sound of summer in the city.
While it may be an activity that's fun for kids, a way to beat the heat, and great for an impromptu car wash, it's the kind of fun that could be deadly dangerous.
New York City emergency management officials are issuing this plea to the public, stop popping open hydrants unless you've got approved spray cap, pointing out in a news release: "Opening fire hydrants without spray caps is illegal, wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure and put lives at risk if there is a fire. Children can also be at risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant without a spray cap can cause serious injury. New Yorkers should call 311 to report open hydrants. Hydrants can be opened legally with a City-approved spray cap which can be obtained by an adult 18 or over, free of charge, at local firehouses."
Throughout the city there were scattered power outages like the one PIX 11 News spotted near 34th Avenue and 35th Street in Astoria, Queens. At some subway stops in downtown Brooklyn the elevators and escalators were stopped. That's because to conserve power Con Ed ordered an 8 percent voltage reduction in the area to help the power grid cope. The power company also rolled out 'pop-up' dry-ice distribution centers in neighborhoods where power has been knocked out.
Nevertheless, the heat goes on. Seems we're having a heat wave and our area is not done