NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – If you see a fire hydrant in Niles that has red tape on it, nearby homes and businesses may be in trouble.
That’s because those hydrants are out of service, and the city has 91 broken fire hydrants in total.
“It’s actually gotten better since ’14,” Niles Fire Chief David Danielson said. “They were able to make some repairs. Probably got 70-80 repaired.”
On each hydrant, firefighters check to make sure the stem turns on to start the water, the hydrant’s four-inch steamer comes off and that one of the 2.5-inch caps comes off.
“It’s always nice to hit the closest hydrant. If not, we’re going to have to look for the next closest hydrant,” Danielson said. “So it’s time that it takes to get additional people on the scene and in the house.”
It can cost up to $3,000 to replace one fire hydrant, and that work is done by the water department.
Smaller repairs can be cheaper. But right now, it’s money that Niles just doesn’t have.
“They have the ability to repair (them),” Danielson said. “They’re normally right on top of it to repair the hydrants.”
Mineral Ridge is having its hydrants tested starting Wednesday. If you have a question about the fire hydrants in your area, just call the non-emergency number of your fire department and ask them when it was tested last, how it performed, and how the check went on others in the community.