WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - It’s that time of year again. As temperatures get warmer Wichita Falls firefighters will be testing 2,850 fire hydrants in the city.
The inspection takes firefighters about five minutes and it’s done to ensure they are working properly. Especially those that haven’t been used for quite some time.
“It’s a real sick feeling in your stomach when you turn one on and you hear that stem break or it just doesn’t have water come out of it,” said the WFFD interim chief Donald Hughes. “I’ve had it happen to me personally.”
During this test, firefighters will also find out the pressure.
“Our hydrants have colors,” said Chief Hughes. “Green is the better of the hydrants. So, that’s a low pressure above 35 psi.”
Those hydrants are usually the ones spotted around Wichita Falls. The orange hydrants are the next level down and if you see a red one, Chief Hughes said those are the lowest pressure they have in town.
While firefighters avoid hitting traffic when doing these tests, it's still recommended to slow down and be careful when you spot a firefighter working on them.
To avoid the water from freezing when testing the hydrants, firefighters try to check all of them before October.