During the heat wave cool off with a “shower in the streets” of Detroit.
The Detroit Recreation Dept., Detroit Fire Dept. and the Bing Administration are working together to keep you cool during this heat wave.
“The Detroit Recreation Department is offering street showers for the community to provide some enjoyment and relief from the heat,” said Alicia C. Minter, Director, Detroit Recreation Department.
“When temperatures rise above 80 degrees, residents can contact the Detroit Recreation Department to send out an authorized representative to turn on the nearest and safest fire hydrant for a street shower,” said Chief Kwaku Atara from the Detroit Fire Department Community Relations Division.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, July 21
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
8100 House (1 block north of 7 mile and east of Van Dyke)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
19981 Carrie (1 block north of E. Outer Drive and 5 blocks west of Van Dyke)
Friday, July 22
11:30 a.m. -12:30p.m.
8160 Bliss (3 blocks north of 7 mile just east of Van Dyke
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
19675 Cliff (1 block south of E. Outer Drive west of Van Dyke)
Residents can call the (313) 224-1129, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to request a street shower.
Detroit Fire Department cautions residents that opening fire hydrants is illegal and creates critical safety hazards. The illegal use of hydrants can cause the city to experience dangerously low water pressure, which affects the water pressure available to fight fires and the water pressure available to all residents.
Tampering with hydrants may also result in damage to the fire hydrant stem (the turn-on valve), which could make it extremely difficult for Detroit firefighters to turn the hydrants on in the event of a fire.