Detroit officials have ordered inspections for all 30,000 of the city’s fire hydrants to figure out which are frozen or broken.
The city’s firefighters have reported about 1,000 broken hydrants since the beginning of December.
Jeff Pegg, president of the Detroit Fire Fighters’ Association, said broken hydrants mean big risks for fire fighters and the citizens they’re supposed to protect.
“If the hydrant is frozen, then you have to go to the hydrant down the street,” Pegg said. “The further you go, the more problems, because of the longer distance you have to travel.”