A few coats of paint could end up saving you a few dollars when it comes time to pay bills.
In Boiling Spring Lakes, the fire hydrants are now color coded based on flow capacity.
The program helps earn the Boiling Spring Lakes Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station extra points on inspections by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Chief Chris Grace said a lower rating equals better insurance premiums for homes and businesses.
"Everybody that lives here or visits here, or goes to the store to buy a sandwich, or goes to the tanning bed, or whatever they're doing here and they see those hydrants, we want that to reflect on the fire department," Grace said.
"It makes us feel good to know that we're out there doing the extra things to give back to our community for things they've done for us in the past," he continued.
National Fire Protection Association codes are guidelines, not mandatory.
Still, a majority of fire departments across Brunswick County and the City of Wilmington use color coded hydrants.
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