Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Question for The Readers...

Can anyone tell me why this fire hydrant is so high off the ground? 

***HINT***  This picture was taken in Leadville, Colorado, elevation 10, 152 ft.

I'll post the answer on Thursday.


Robin Larkspur said...

Yikes, I don't "do" scientific,mechanical or any otherwise technical stuff. But from your hint, it must have something to do with water pressure at high elevations. Either that or there are really gigantic firefighters in Colorado.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I bet I know! Is it because so much snow falls in winter, the hydrants need to be tall so their spouts aren't buried?

In Winnipeg the fire hydrants on main streets are normal size but have a sign above them on a tall pole which has a picture of a fire hydrant on it and an arrow pointing down. If the snowplows bury the hydrant, the emergency crew can still find it because of the sign and dig it out for use.

I once saw an American tourist taking a photo of the sign and laughing because she thought Canadians were so stupid that we need obvious signs to recognize obvious things. Clearly she must have been from a warm southern state that never has to deal with snow.

Robin Larkspur said...

Dang it, Debra, I bet you are right. I live in a very snowy area, and we have those fire hydrant signs too. Crap.