In case of an emergency, fire crews need to have immediate access to fire hydrants. The hydrant must not be damaged or inaccessible due to parked cars, other items, or vegetation. A fire can double in size every 2-3 minutes. It can be a significant delay in fire operations if an Engine crew needs to search for and clear out a hydrant.
● Be sure that a three foot area around the hydrant is clear of any debris or obstructions.
● Do not park in front of a fire hydrant. A minimum 15 foot distance in front of a fire hydrant is required by law.
● If you are concerned about how the hydrant looks on your property, you are more than welcome to beautify the space around it with flowers. But in doing so, be aware that the hydrant must be visible, accessible, and that the possibility of destruction of your plant life around the hydrant is very high in the event of an emergency.
CMFA does not want what is depicted in the incorporated photograph to happen to our resident's vehicles as a result of parking in front of a Fire Hydrant!
Help the fire department by noticing the condition of the fire hydrants in your area. Damaged hydrants need to be repaired as soon as possible. If the hydrant is leaking or damaged, please call your local fire prevention bureau.