Monday, June 22, 2009

Ruby Tuesday



Here we are at Ruby Tuesday once again! My RED photos today are some typical ones. I love the lines and shadows of the first photo - the benches at Gerry Park in Roslyn, NY.

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When I first saw this RED fire hydrant I laughed when I saw it was labeled "FIRE HYDRANT." I thought "Why did the Town Fathers think it was necessary to label it?"

My husband said that they put such signs on hydrants (about a foot and half higher than the hydrant) so people and firemen can see that a hydrant is located there from a distance. Oh, okay, that sounds right...



Ever wonder why fire hydrants are painted different colors?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) specifies that fire hydrants are to be painted chrome yellow, however it accepts other body colors which were already in use at the time the standard was adopted in the 1970s. Other highly visible colors which have been used include white, bright red, chrome silver and lime-yellow.

In jurisdictions where no standard color has been established, the most important aspect is consistency. Standard colors should be adopted which, preferably, are the same throughout the region.

Violet has been established as the international color code for non-potable (non-drinkable) water. (Who knew?) Therefore hydrants supplied by non-potable sources should be painted violet (light purple).

There is even a standard for heaviness of water flow for hydrant bonnets and caps. that's why sometime you see the top of the hydrant painted a different color than the body. The orange cap above indicates 500-999 GPM.

Gee, I didn't know that!

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65 comments:

Mojo said...

I had no idea. Who knew so much thought went into color coordination of hydrants? I certainly didn't.

I do know that 500-999gpm is one hell of a lotta water to push through a hose. No wonder it takes six guys to hold onto one of those things. Sheesh!

Leora said...

I've never seen a violet hydrant. I vaguely remember the switch from red to yellow as a color for fire engines and hydrants.

I'd like to sit on one of the benches. I'm surprised they are empty.

Rinkly Rimes said...

We've been watching a series of programs about colour and they've all been fascinating. I had o idea so much science was involved!

Anna Amnell said...

Red benches!

Carletta said...

I love the benches and their worn patina.
I just thought cities painted hydrants the way they wanted. The different colored caps now make perfect sense. Thanks Mary!
My post is on my photoblog this week: Carletta’s Captures.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

That is too funny. If you can read, then you probably are intelligent enough to know that is a fire hydrant. LOL!!

Love the benches! Those were a great find!!

Felisol said...

Dear teach Mary,
Fire hydrants are interesting.
In the hole of Norway my birth town is the only one with fire hydrants, even American made.
That's because the factory and the worker's town were built by Americans.
They used to be green with red tops. Now they are all red.
Other towns simply use the river or a sea as water supply for putting out a fire.
We used to be proud of our rare hydrants.
Maybe they still are.
From Felisol

Thom said...

Love the pictures and how cool a red hydrant. I haven't seen any other color but yellow in so long. Wonderful information on them as well. Thanks for sharing

Marites said...

that's quite an informative post :)our hydrants here are painted yellow. My Ruby Tuesday is up here

Ralph said...

A lovely park we see. i like the curvy benches following the paths. I thing the hydrant sign is a great idea where time to fight a fire is of the essence...

ellievellie said...

Happy idea - paint those benches red - they add color whole year long!

Angelika said...

How very fascinating. I never knew about the different colour coding. Makes me wonder what they would be in other countries.

Thank you for sharing this delightful and interesting Ruby Tuesday contribution.

Tink *~*~* said...

I love the curve of the red bench :)

Tink *~*~*
Decor at Disney’s Pop Century, continued!

Brenda said...

Who knows why they had to let us know it was a fire hydrant. Either they thought we were stupid. Or...men thought up the idea. I think it was the latter! This is my first time participating in your Ruby Tuesday. I love the color red and have lots to show! (And I see from your sidebar that we are in agreement about a lot of subjects.)
Brenda

Dianne said...

I read that those signs are used to be able to find the hydrant in a snow storm

the bench photo is wonderful!! I love the lines and shadows too :)

EastCoastLife said...

I thought fire hydrants are all painted red. I didn't know they are in different colours.

judi said...

I really like the benches and the shadows.

cookie said...

i love those benches...looks like a lovely place to spend an afternoon :)

claudie said...

My first RT
My sister used to live on Long Island. I drove through Roslyn once. I love N.Y.
My home town borders N.Y. Massena...a little far from you LOL
I now live near Ottawa, Ont. and Montreal.
Ok I will move on now.
Happy RT and thank you
Love Claudie
xoxo

Melli said...

WOW! You really did your fire hydrant homework Teach! Good for you! I learned a lot! I'm guessing the hydrants down the street painted to look like Dalmations probably DON'T meet code!

storyteller said...

I love the sweeping bench and laughed at the sign by the hydrant too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

The Cunning Runt said...

The lines of those benches are truly elegant, and their shadows doubly so.

Thanks for this cool post!

Enigma said...

Mary, I absolutely LOVE the red benches shot. Love the composition...just like all of it. Thanks for sharing!!!

CrAzY Working Mom said...

Very interesting information about fire hydrants! I had no idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

Happy RT!!!

Mine is here!

Terri said...

Great shadows from those benches too!

Phoenix said...

Good choices for this week! I also find it funny they would need to put a sign next to the fire hydrant! lol

NicoleB said...

Beautiful benches and for once finally enough of them to have more than 2 people take a seat :)

Mh, the sign makes sense. But it would make more sense to make the pole a bit longer, no? :)

yyam said...

Nice bench. I have never seen a fire hydrant that wasn't red.

Yrsa said...

What lovely town pics :)

srp said...

I have a series of photographs of different fire hydrants. By the numbers and names on the tops and sides you can look them up on the internet and get a history of the company and determine the approximate date of manufacture. There are many different looks depending on the company.

In the collection I have one hydrant that is in the Jack Rabbit storage facility.. When I first rented there it was painted Pink and Blue... but later redone to a blue and red. I also have a picture of one in south Mississippi that is painted as a dalmation dog. It ranks right up there with the dolphin mail box.

I think they are fascinating!

luna miranda said...

looks like a perfect day to sit on that bench.

Mar said...

I didn't know that either, how interesting!!
Love those red benches, they look very inviting.
Happy RT!

Rita said...

I have been waiting for a meme to have fire hydrants as the theme so that I could use the large collection of hydrants that I have collected from all around the country.

I have even studied to learn what the different colors meant.

Love your post. But, I'm jealous that you beet me to the posting.

mamapippas said...

It's an bench where I would like to read a bok !

Terry said...

dear mary t
they had yellow fire hydrants in st catharines but they changed them back to red because the yellow ones had to be painted more often and the city was getting sick and tired of putting out the money.
i prefer the red ones myself.
dad golden was a fireman you know and that is what the air force had, was red fire engines, red fire hydrants and red fire alarm boxes.
mary t...how do you find the time to keep up ruby tuesday for us guys and do all of the other things that you are doing, even face book...what a lot of time THAT takes!
oh to be young again and to have so much energy!
have a great week....love terry

Gattina said...

Even I am convinced now that it is a fire hydrant !
For the moment I am in Italy at the Garda lake ! not really vacation, with all the people to visit !

Gattina said...

Even I am convinced now that it is a fire hydrant !
For the moment I am in Italy at the Garda lake ! not really vacation, with all the people to visit !

Ladynred said...

I love the bench too. Perfect place to relax!

Ginger~Wilmington, NC said...

Great information about fire hydrants! I thought they were all red to match the red fire engines. Love the red benches in the first photo, too. Interesting perspective.

Hootin' Anni said...

This is my first time participating. After you coaxing me and hinting when you'd visit and leave a comment, Mary, I finally got a chance to make a Ruby Tuesday Post!!!!

Happy day to you.

nonizamboni said...

Tried and true reds, Mary! So interesting about the hydrants. . . the benches are frameworthy.
Happy Tuesday!

Dr. Rona Michelson said...

I love this site! The pictures are beautiful. This is my first submission and comment. I look forward to future postings.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hahahaha! I was thinking the signs are there for when snow is piled high...but maybe that happens only in Canada. LOL

I'm late this week but I finally got my Ruby Tuesday post up.

Bond said...

Interesting on the colors...I never knew...I always assumed they were red like fire engines are red.

Martha said...

Great pictures and Educational!! Thank you so much!

Patti said...

Hi Mary!
Gee you always give us so much interesting info.
The hydrants in our town are all yellow.

Tuesday comes up quickly, and I am posting late. But I'm here.

Thanks for everything you do.

Dr. Rona Michelson said...

Oops... my picture's URL is
http://drsavta.com/travelkosher/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/imgp1801-1024x768.jpg

Sorry... I'm a newbie!

Stephanie V said...

Thanks for the hydrant lesson. I love learning that kind of stuff. Good thing there are still some red ones around for RT!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Re the fire hydrant: Do you live in snow country? If the hydrant is buried under snow, the sign will help firefighters find it.

Thanks for all the helpful information about fire hydrant colors. I never knew any of that before!

ces said...

cool winding benches:)

Daryl said...

I love those benches ..

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Do they really need a sign to tell you that is a hydrant?

Jamie said...

This was a very entertaining, "gee I didn't know that" post. Thanks. Also, love those park benches. Want some for the back yard.

Homemom3 said...

haha I really feel like a newbie today. I just went to last week's Ruby Tuesday and signed up there. This will be my second one. Love the pictures and interesting about the sign. I would've thought so they could fine people when they allowed dogs to pee on it. Ya know something like not a potty but a fire hydrant.

Mo said...

I didn't realize there were any standard colors for fire hydrants, either!
Mine is a pic of some luscious orange-red rose hips from last September.
Cheers!
Mo

Sherrie said...

Hi Mary,
I really like your benches. They looks so nice, the prefect place to read a book. Didn't know about the fire hydrant colors. Thanks for the info. Mine is posted. Have a great day!!

Sherrie
http://sherrie-plummer.blogspot.com/2009/06/ruby-tuesday_23.html

mysorefeet said...

i think hydrants look best in red. :)

scart said...

that's really a good idea to put a sign higher than the fire hydrant itself :)

You have a lovely photos here :)

Pagan Sphinx said...

I like that very long, red bench. Looks like a nice spot to sit and enjoy some sun. Speaking of which...where is it???

I'm late to link though my post has been up since yesterday afternoon. I hope you can come by.

Pagan Sphinx said...

I like that very long, red bench. Looks like a nice spot to sit and enjoy some sun. Speaking of which...where is it???

I'm late to link though my post has been up since yesterday afternoon. I hope you can come by.

Eaton Bennett said...

Mary, your photos always make me want to aim for better, clearer, more artistic work on my part. I always enjoy coming to see what you have offered up. These two captures are no exception.

Regards

Eaton.

at the cottage said...

Great photos and thank you for the fire hydrant lesson. i learned something new today :)

Sara Chapman said...

Sorry I'm late. Love the benches, lucky you for such a great red photo op!

napaboaniya said...

Sorry I'm here late, I was on vacation and got my friend to keyed in linky for me :P

I was too wondering why the need to place signs of the hydrants till I read what Vin told ya. Yes, it makes sense to me now :)

Lorie and Bill said...

That is really cool about the colors of hydrants. I was asking the hubs about that recently, and neither one of us knew. It explains why the ones in our town are "light purple" as I always say. They are from re-claimed (non-potable) water. Thanks for the great pics and the interesting info. Keep them coming.