Fire Hydrants

A fire hydrant is generally located in the roadway and allows access to the water main below ground for fire-fighting by the Fire Brigade.
Fire Hydrants Service and Maintenance

Hydrants are situated in footpaths or roadways and are protected by a rectangular metal cover marked FH. Close-by there will be a yellow marker plate fixed to a post or wall, to help locate the position of the hydrant. Hydrants are normally inspected and tested annually.

Surface Inspection - This includes a visual inspection of the hydrant frame, cover, surface area around the hydrant and the marker plate.

Ground Inspection - This includes a visual inspection of the hydrant pit and the hydrant mechanism. A standpipe is then fitted to the hydrant and a wet test and flow meter test completed.

A check sheet report is then issued advising, when appropriate, of any remedial works that maybe required. The flow rate and static pressure are recorded. Testing complies with BS: EN 9990.