Fire Department’s Graphic Reminder of Why You Should Never Park in Front of Hydrants Goes Viral
The Anaheim Fire department showed the world why parking in front of fire hydrants is dangerous.
"Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant, and a fire breaks out? Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees to @AnaheimPD? "
We posted this incident to illustrate and educate, not to humiliate anyone. In answer as to why break the windows instead of going under, over, or around the car... it doesn’t work. The hose needs a straight line out of the hydrant. We do not damage property unless it is needed— Anaheim Fire & Rescue (@AnaheimFire) February 27, 2019
While the response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive with a many users agreeing with the Fire Department breaking the windows of the parked cars, a few users commented asking why they couldn't just run the hose over or under the parked vehicles.
Unfortunately, that's just not how it works. Fire hydrants aren't taps and fires hoses aren't the same as the ones you use to water your garden. The fire department explained:
"The weight would have caused even more body damage and the angle down to the hydrant would not allow appropriate water pressure. We do not intentionally damage people's property unless necessary."
Nope. The weight would have caused even more body damage and tge angle down to the hydrant would not allow appropriate water pressure. We don’t intentionally damage people’s property unless absolutely necessary— Anaheim Fire & Rescue (@AnaheimFire) February 27, 2019
A fire hose can weigh 100 pounds, and then the water pressure is immense. There's a reason that no one is allowed to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
While it's admirable that the fire department has tried appealing to drivers by showing them the potential damage, the driver's selfishness is endangering lives and property.
Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out? Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees to @AnaheimPD? @City_of_Anaheim residents please do not park in fire lanes pic.twitter.com/Q96E4gfTOR— Anaheim Fire & Rescue (@AnaheimFire) February 26, 2019
What about towing the car? With an active fire inside an apartment you can’t wait 20 minutes for a tow truck to arrive or the whole complex would be ashes. Hence, breaking windows is the quickest and cheapest option. Hope this helps— Anaheim Fire & Rescue (@AnaheimFire) February 27, 2019
WHAT TO DO IF A FIRE BREAKS OUT IN YOUR HOME
Should a fire break out in your home, experts say that you could have as little as two minutes to get out before you are trapped or suffer from smoke inhalation.
For this reason, it's vitally important that you install smoke detectors on each level of your home and service them regularly.
You should test your smoke detectors monthly to make sure they're working correctly and don't need a change of batteries.
ENSURE EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE
Having a backup plan to leave your home is vital. Families should discuss this, so everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
You should practice this evacuation plan twice a year. If there is a fire, the rule should be to get out, stay out and call for help. It is never safe to go back into a burning building.