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What Is A Fire Hydrant Exercise

Researchers discovered that the fire hydrant is one of the most effective butt exercises.

Tighten your core. Start on all fours, on your hands and knees.

For proper form, your knees should be directly under your hips, and hands directly below your shoulders.

Keep your back and neck straight and look forward.

The correct range of motion is to keep your knee bent, raise your right leg out to the side, until your thigh is parallel to the floor, lower to the floor and repeat.

If you have a personal trainer, he or she can assist you with performing the fire hydrant correctly.

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Benefits Of The Fire Hydrant

Being in a quadruped position mimics your most foundational gait, the crawl. When you’re on all fours, you activate your core stabilizers and strengthen your base. Aside from your abs, this move primarily targets the glutes, focusing in on the medium, maximus, and tensor fascia latae, so you can sculpt your butt from all angles.

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Plus, the lateral lift that your leg is doing away from your body (a.k.a. abduction) allows you to move in three dimension, which most people don’t commonly do! This translates to better hip mobility and flexibility so you’ll be able to perform more complex movements in this position like bird dog down the road.

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What Do Fire Hydrant Colors Represent?

If there’s one color associated with firefighting, it’s red. That’s why you sometimes hear of bright, ruby red hues being described as fire engine red.

Fire hydrants are usually red as well, or are they? Well, not always.

The other color of fire hydrants is yellow. The reason fire hydrants are painted either red or yellow is that these are bright, eye-catching colors.

Firefighters need to be able to spot a fire hydrant so they can quickly connect to it and get its water. It’s hard to miss a yellow or red hydrant.

Fire hydrants aren’t always one color, by the way.

Fire hydrants aren’t always one color, by the way. Some have a separate hue for the bonnets. This isn’t for appeal, but rather, the color of the bonnet quickly tells a firefighter how much water the fire hydrant can hold.

It may vary from place to place, but if the fire hydrant has a red bonnet, then it’s a Class C that contains 500 gallons per minute or GPM of water or less.

An orange bonnet is a Class B with at least 1,000 GPM of water. If you see a green bonnet on a fire hydrant, that’s a Class A that contains 1,500 GPM of water.

The most plentiful fire hydrants are those with light blue bonnets. These are Class AA and within them is more than 1,500 GPM of water.

Fire Hydrant Benefits and Drawbacks

Unsure if fire hydrants are worth adding to your workouts? Consider these benefits and drawbacks and then decide!

Benefits:

No equipment required – you can do fire hydrants anywhere and anytime, making them ideal for home workouts. With no special equipment needed, fire hydrants are a great excuse-free exercise.  

Easy on the joints – unlike a lot of glute exercises, the fire hydrant exercise is very joint-friendly. The range of movement is not particularly large, you’ll be using less than your body weight for resistance, and it’s a non-weight-bearing exercise. This means that fire hydrants are suitable for most exercisers, even those with hip pain.

A rounder butt – developing the muscles on the side of your hips will give your butt a rounded, more peach-like appearance.

Increased hip stability – if your knees tend to fall inward when you run, or do squats and lunges, doing fire hydrants will help. They target the muscles responsible for stabilizing your hips. More stable hips are less prone to wear and tear and injuries.

Easy to learn – compared to many other glute exercises, fire hydrants are easy to learn and master. That’s why they often feature in group exercise classes.

Drawbacks:

While fire hydrants are a mostly beneficial glute exercise, there are also a few drawbacks to consider:

A tendency to cheat – instead of doing this exercise slowly and smoothly, a lot of people tend to fling their leg up and out to the side, taking the stress away from the target muscles. Doing this exercise too quickly makes it less effective. Instead, it should be done using controlled movements to ensure the target muscles do all the work.

Lower back issues – keeping your hips stationary and your spine neutral during fire hydrants requires a strong core. If you are lacking core strength, fire hydrants could cause lower back pain. Develop your static core stability by doing planks and dead bugs before progressing to fire hydrants. Also, make sure you stop your set if you feel you cannot effectively stabilize your lower back.

Limited overload – fire hydrants involve a short lever and a relatively small range of motion, which means they’re not an especially difficult exercise. Once you can do 20+ reps, they cease to be particularly effective. You can make them more challenging by wearing ankle weights or using a resistance band. When done just with bodyweight, you will probably soon find this exercise is no longer provides enough of a challenge unless you resort to doing very high-rep sets.

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Can you park next to a fire hydrant?

One of the first lessons in driver’s ed is pretty simple: don’t park in front of a fire hydrant. In fact, in many places, it is illegal to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. … Reminder, it is against the law to park in front of a fire hydrant.

What Is A Fire Hydrant? Why Are They Important?

A fire hydrant in North America is an access point for firefighters to tap into a mains water supply. They are commonly, but not always, red valve points that stick out from the sidewalk. 

Water is a key ingredient in extinguishing fires. A fire hydrant ensures that there is an adequate water supply for firefighters to tackle a blaze where it may arise. 

Also read: Water Sources: Where Firefighters Get Their Water

You Parked Close To A Fire Hydrant. Now what?

If you parked too close to a fire hydrant, details on how to pay your ticket are found on the parking ticket. You may dispute a violation in court according to the Ontario Provincial Offenses Act, if you have a valid reason and can prove it. Most cities in Ontario offer 15 days to pay the parking ticket. However, if you ignore the ticket, you will receive additional penalties.

Are There Exceptions Based On The Color Of The Curb Or The Hydrant?

You heard wrong, sadly. 

There are no exceptions to the rule based on the color of the curb.

The curb should be painted red because it makes it easier to visually identify that 15-foot area from the hydrant, but the city may not have been able to paint, yet, and the law doesn’t care about the color of curbs, it says “don’t park within 15-feet of a fire hydrant”.

In Los Angeles, for example, 

The same goes for the color of the hydrant, you may have been told that, for example, if the hydrant is grey, it’s OK to park there, it’s not. 

Again, the law says, “don’t park within 15-feet of a fire hydrant”.

Are There Any Exceptions?

The law isn’t meant to inconvenience you, it’s there to ensure the safety of firefighters and the general public. 

That means in most places, there will be an exception to the law if you (the driver) remain in your car and the engine remains running, so that if the fire service arrives, you can immediately move your vehicle. 

You may load or unload passengers or goods during this time too. 

But that’s it. 

You cannot park your car in front of a hydrant and then get out of the car. 

What If The Fire Hydrant Is Broken? 

When we said, “no exceptions”, we meant “no exceptions”. 

No offense, but the driver of a car is not a fire hydrant maintenance person and it’s not their job to make a decision on whether or not a fire hydrant is viable for use in fighting a fire. 

If you want to do that job, you’ll need to work for the city and be driving a city vehicle with a permit to assess fire hydrants. 

Otherwise, no parking near a fire hydrant even if you think the hydrant is broken. 

The judge for your parking ticket is unlikely to be sympathetic to the cry of “I thought it was broken.”

What If I Only Need To Park For A Minute?

This won’t cut it, I’m afraid. 

The firefighters who arrive on the scene are not insured to drive your vehicle nor are they meant to take responsibility for it. And if there is a fire, they don’t have time to move your car anyways.

It’s your vehicle and the only person who can take responsibility for it, is you, and that means you have to be inside the vehicle to make use of the only exception, with the keys in the car and the engine running. 

What If A Sign Says I Can Park In Front Of The Hydrant At Certain Times Of Day?

Some states allow for signage that permits parking at certain hours. However, you must be certain that the sign relates to the fire hydrant and not to something else.

So, for example, if you see a sign that relates to cleaning the street which says, “You can’t park between X hour and Y hour.” This sign is not giving you permission to park within 15-feet of a hydrant at any time of day. 

Even if you turn up after Y hour and intend to leave before X hour. The sign is in respect to street cleaning, not the fire hydrant. 

A sign that allows parking near a fire hydrant will clearly indicate the hydrant (by use of an arrow) and explicitly state that it relates to the hydrant. 

Any other sign simply won’t cut it. 

When stopping uphill a driver must?

Securing your vehicle on a hill

  • keep your foot on the foot brake.
  • choose the appropriate gear.
  • release the park brake.
  • complete your 360° vision check.
  • Signal.
  • Shoulder check.
  • Move into your desired direction.

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