Fire hydrants provide a constant supply of water and are typically used by the fire services in order to tackle a fire. Fire hydrants replenish fire tender water tanks and act as a direct feed via a standpipe to lay flat hoses. BS 9990:2006 requires hydrants to undergo an annual test and inspection, as well as an inspection by a competent and qualified person every six months.
The maintenance and testing of private fire hydrants is the responsibility of the owners/occupiers on whose land they are installed – they will not be maintained by either the water company or the fire service. These hydrants are generally located on large sites such as hospitals, military establishments and industrial estates, but may also be installed to provide cover for specific at-risk properties.
The person responsible for the fire hydrant should make periodic inspections of all hydrants on a weekly or monthly basis. Of special concern are fire hydrants which are located on private water mains and are not the responsibility of the local water company or the fire and rescue service.
FSE Fire Safety Systems Ltd offers a full and unique service from our expert engineers who are qualified to test and certify hydrants. Each hydrant has its water flow and pressure analysed using a calibrated meter. This ensures that the emergency services have the water supply necessary to effectively tackle a fire when attending the site of an emergency. Should any hydrant fail its test then a full and comprehensive report is provided by our engineer. This allows remedial work to begin swiftly, restoring the hydrant to full and operational order and making you safer in the process.
During the inspection and test, the condition of the following should be checked and noted for remedial action if necessary:
- Surface paving around the edge of frames
- Depth of outlet below the frame (this should be no greater than 300mm)
- Method of indication by means of hydrant indicator plate.
Our engineers ensure that any production of water from hydrants will not be carried out when water is likely to freeze and cause a slip hazard. They also guarantee that correct signage is displayed and placed on the road to face oncoming traffic, ensuring the necessary warnings are given to other personnel in the area. All FSE engineers wear a fluorescent jacket or vest when inspecting or testing hydrants and FSE treats safety as an important matter and a high priority.
After each inspection or test, our engineers ensure that the hydrant pit is left empty and clean. This is then photographed for our customer’s records, giving peace of mind and an assurance of the quality of our work. Our engineers also make sure that the hydrant cover plate is refitted securely over the pit.
Please contact our customer services team for a free site survey or more information on Hydrant Testing on 01159 812 624.