What is a fire hydrant?
Fire hydrants are the connection points by which firefighters can tap into a water supply. They are a component of active fire protection.
The user first attaches a fire hose to the fire hydrant. Then they open a valve on the hydrant to provide a powerful flow of water. The pressure is of the order of 350 kPa.
This pressure varies according to region and depends on various factors. These include the size and location of the attached water main. The user can attach the hose to a fire engine. These can use a powerful pump to boost the water pressure and possibly split it into multiple streams.
3 types of fire hydrants
- Non-pressurized (dry) hydrants: A dry hydrant is usually a non-pressurized, permanently installed pipe with one end below the water level of a lake or pond.
- Water wells are also sometimes classified as fire hydrants if they can supply enough water volume and pressure.
- Standpipes are connections for fire hoses within a building and serve the same purpose as fire hydrants in larger structures. Standpipes may be “dry” or “wet” (permanently filled with water).
What are the Australian Standards for fire hydrants?
Fire hydrants are regulated according to Australian Standards. AS 2419.1:2021 is the standard for fire hydrant installations. It specifies requirements for the design, installation and commissioning and testing of hydrants for the protection of buildings, structures, storage yards, marinas and associated moored vessels, wharves, and plant.
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