Fire hydrants are designed to provide
water for fire suppression purposes. Fire hydrants in our district are
installed and maintained by the Water Department. Fire hydrants are supplied by
large water tanks that are piped underground throughout the district. They are
strategically placed to provide the best water protection available and having a
good water system allows the district to have a better ISO rating. The better
the ISO rating, the better insurance rates that are available to homeowners.
Fire hydrants are only effective if we
can find them and fully operate them. There should be no
obstructions in front of the hydrant to the street and no obstructions 3 feet
around the hydrant in all directions. Because of the large equipment and hoses
we must connect to the hydrant, 3 feet is the minimum distance around that we
need to operate the hydrant safely. No obstructions such as shrubs or fences
should be in front of the hydrant. Obstructions such as these make it difficult
to find a hydrant quickly.
BOO CAN YOU FIND ME?
The photo on the left shows a hydrant masked by
over-grown brush. This would be very difficult to identify at any time of day
but especially at night.
The photo on the right shows a hydrant recessed in
overgrown shrubs. See if you can find it. It is to the left of the driveway
between the driveway and the mailbox. The only visible indication is the white
cover on the front of the hydrant. Not only would this hydrant be nearly
impossible to find, but if we did find it, utilizing it would be impossible.