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  • Use proper landscaping techniques to facilitate access to fire hydrants.

Keep Fire Hydrants Clear

When landscaping around fire hydrants, Fort Collins Utilities and Poudre Fire Authority require:

  • 3 feet of clearance around hydrants so fire crews can locate hydrants quickly and connect fire hoses
  • 15 feet of clearance above hydrants for maintenance
  • 18 inches of vertical clearance from the hydrant's base to the center of the large cap so crews can connect fire hoses quickly and/or conduct maintenance

Additional Guidelines

  • Never paint a fire hydrant
  • Keep plants and landscaping to a minimum near hydrants
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