White Paper | February 15, 2010

White Paper: The Case For Inspecting Fire Hydrants

Source: Mueller Co.

Fire hydrants exist to protect life and property from the perils of fire. Certainly, they have other uses, but their roll in protecting us day in and day out is acknowledged to be their primary purpose. So, why is it that the proper repair and maintenance of something this important to every one of us can be so easily overlooked?

It could be argued that by answering this question now, there would be little need to read further in this paper. True enough, but for the sake of fostering a clearer understanding of what such an inspection normally entails, let's go on.

In most cases, it's the water utility that has the responsibility for buying, installing, maintaining and repairing fire hydrants. Because the hydrant is such a key part of a community's fire protection system, it is recommended that fire hydrants be inspected twice yearly. Obviously, the local fire department shares a critical interest in the serviceability of a community's hydrants, and so it seems reasonable, especially in smaller communities, to call on the fire department for some assistance with these inspections. In addition to helping the utility, fire personnel can also view the inspection process as another opportunity to train newer fire fighters in the construction and operation of this important piece of fire fighting equipment.

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