MAINTAINING CLEARANCE AROUND FIRE HYDRANTS AND
FIRE PROTECTION CONTROL VALVES
The Bangor Township Fire Department is asking all residents to make sure that fire hydrants by their home or business are clear of snow. The fire department encourages residents to keep snow shoveled away during the winter. This will ensure hydrants are visible and will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency. Please do not allow your neighborhood’s hydrants to remain “under cover.”
It normally takes a firefighter about 45 seconds to connect a hose to a fire hydrant. Hydrants buried in snow are harder to find, and firefighters must spend precious moments clearing away the snow just to hook up the hose. That extra time might be needed to save a home or more importantly, to save a life.
How to keep you and your building safe by enabling a quick fire response
The following information is being provided to assist homeowners and businesses with questions regarding the clearance required around fire hydrants and fire protection systems.
The Fire Department and property owners must work together to maintain access to the fire hydrants and fire protection system control valves. During emergencies, firefighters need to quickly gain access to fire hydrants and fire protection systems to save lives and property. This includes no parking in designated fire lanes or within 10 feet of fire hydrants.
Property owners are encouraged to assist firefighters who may need to locate and gain access to fire hydrants and fire protection systems by:
1. Clearing plant growth around hydrants and fire protection control valves in summer.
2. Clearing snow within 3 feet around hydrants and fire protection control valves in winter.
3. Post your address or building identification so it can easily be seen by First Responders during an emergency during the day or nighttime.
Property owners should not place landscaping, mailboxes, signs, or other objects that will visually obstruct or interfere with the operation of fire hydrants and or the fire protection system.
International Fire Code
Posts, fences, vehicles, growth, trash, storage and other materials or objects shall not be placed or kept near fire hydrants, fire department inlet connections or fire protection system control valves in a manner that would prevent such equipment or fire hydrants from being immediately discernible. The fire department shall not be deterred or hindered from gaining immediate access to fire protection equipment or fire hydrants.
508.5.5 Clear space around hydrants.
A 3-foot (914 mm) clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants except as otherwise required or approved.
508.5.6 Physical Protection
Where fire hydrants are subject to impact by a motor vehicle, guard posts or other approved means shall comply with Section 312.
If you have a fire hydrant on your property, please comply with the requirements of the codes: clear the area around it and make it visible from the street for the benefit of yourself, your neighbors, your community, and your firefighters.
If you have any questions about these requirements or any other fire safety issues, please contact the Bangor Township Fire Department at 989-684-8504