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Fire Trivia: Fire Hydrants


Each week, the Fire Blog will offer a trivia question and answer to boost your fire IQ:


Q:  Why are fire hydrants different colors?

Think you know the answer?  Post a comment and look for the answer on Monday!



A:  Most often fire hydrants are painted different colors to allow firefighters to quickly identify water pressure of any fire hydrant. The four basic colors are red, yellow, blue, and green.


 IMPORTANT INFO:  Keeping Fire Hydrants Clear – Keeps You Safe!


Citizens have a part in helping Portland Fire & Rescue to protect life and property by maintaining a safe zone of clearance around fire hydrants. By doing so, you save time that it could take firefighters to locate an obstructed hydrant and get water on a fire.   Just a few minutes spent looking for a fire hydrant can make a big difference in the outcome.

Here are some reminders:

  • Keep posts, fences, vehicles, shrubbery and vegetative growth, trash, storage, and other materials or objects at least 36 inches clear all the way around from fire hydrants.
  • When firefighters arrive on the scene of a fire, they have only minutes, sometimes seconds, to protect life and property.  It is very important that they have full unobstructed access to fire hydrants and connections.   
  • Landscaping as simple as shrubbery and objects as common as a garbage cart can block immediate access to fire hydrants and connections. 
  • The Municipal Code, City of Portland, Title 16L Vehicles and Traffic denotes that vehicles are not to be parked within 10 feet of a fire hydrant in any location.  It does not have to be posted by signs or by a yellow curb.

Questions?  Contact Portland Fire & Rescue at (503) 823-3700 or the Portland Water Bureau at (503) 823-7404.

November 16, 2009


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