Raleigh painting fire hydrants yellow -- and that will save money

  • Source: WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11
  • Published: 11/04/2019 02:32 PM

They're not everywhere yet, but people are starting to spot bright, almost fluorescent fire hydrants across Raleigh. The color is much easier for firefighters to find at night than the traditional dark red. Even better, the City of Raleigh said the yellow will save you some green on insurance rates. "We're in the good phase right now where we're got a clean driving record and we're able to get the best premium possible," said Raleigh Public Utilities Environmental Coordinator Ed Buchan. City employees are switching the paint color of about 22,000 hydrants throughout Raleigh. The work started last year and is about halfway done. The color swap and the price you pay for insurance might not seem intertwined, but they are. Insurance companies will look at something called an ISO rating when quantifying risk in a community and then deciding what to charge people.


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