A fire hose weighs over 100 lbs, and needs an unbent line from nozzle to hydrant – meaning if you park in front of one, your windows will be smashed.
Parking in specific, tends to be one of those instances that just brings out people’s inner self-absorbance. “This is illegal, but whatev..” is how it seems many drivers on planet Earth feel – e.g. by taking up multiple spots, parking in front of driveways, blocking traffic, parking in front of fire hydrants, name it.
The Anaheim Fire & Rescue Department, however, may have just deterred many people from conducting at least one of those illegal acts after posting a jaw-dropping image on social media.
“Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out?” the department asked on Twitter, exhibiting a silver sedan with both back windows bashed in and a fire hose yanked through the car. “Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees?”
As you can imagine, the post was an instant hit; with many individuals commenting the unlawful parker got exactly what he deserved. Some recommended that the firefighters could have hoisted the hose under the car, or over it, and that the broken windows were uncalled for. The department retorted.
“The weight would have caused even more body damage and the angle down to the hydrant would not allow appropriate water pressure,” they explained. “We do not intentionally damage people’s property unless absolutely necessary.
“We posted this incident to illustrate and educate, not to humiliate anyone.” And just in case any of you aren’t schooled on the matter, it’s against the law to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
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