Fire hydrants are located close to a hydrant indicator plate. Privately owned fire hydrants located on private property require proper maintenance to ensure their functionality during emergencies. The maintenance responsibility lies with the responsible person, which can be either the water company or the private property owner.
To effectively maintain water pressure in privately owned fire hydrants, follow these essential steps:
- Regular Inspections: Conduct routine inspections to identify any visible damage or signs of wear on the hydrants.
- Testing and Maintenance: Regularly test and maintain the hydrants to verify their functionality and address any issues promptly.
- Compliance with Legal Requirements: Ensure compliance with all the legal requirements, including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
- Professional Assistance: Engage qualified fire protection contractors or specialized companies like Pipeline Services for expert guidance, inspections, maintenance, and compliance with regulations.
Consult local water companies, fire brigades, and authorities to determine specific requirements and responsibilities for private fire hydrant maintenance in your area. They can provide guidance on inspection frequency, testing protocols, and any necessary documentation or permits your fire hydrants require.