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Keep Fire Hydrants Clear

Keep Fire Hydrants Clear

Use proper landscaping techniques to facilitate access to fire hydrants.


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