April 16, 2019 at 4:28 pm #10113
Good Afternoon All. We have been in the process of sorting out our private hydrants in the community and the topic of how to address Dry Hydrants has popped up. So, I was hoping our colleagues across the province had a process for dealing with the expectations around hydrant maintenance for dry hydrants. The only reference we have in the OFC is for tire storage but of course we have dry hydrants in other areas. Any assistance would be of great help. Thanks Mike Bechard
April 16, 2019 at 4:41 pm #10114Ben TrendleModerator
- City: Niagara Falls
- Department Name: Niagara Falls
NFPA 25 – Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems covers the maintenance requirements for dry barrel hydrants. It is addressed under 188.8.131.52 of that standard. It requires these hydrants to be inspected annually and after each operation. Hope this helps!
April 17, 2019 at 11:26 am #10118
Hi Ben… We looked at NFPA 25 which seems to fit but no mention of dry hydrant and my understanding is they are different from dry barrel hydrants which are attached to a municipal supply. The only reference to dry hydrants I can find in the code is for tire storage yards which would not apply to this address. We have been in discussion with a local supplier and he wants 1142 to be applied… again this reference is only for tire storage yards so…. We might be over analyzing this issue!
April 17, 2019 at 8:11 am #10116Delbert BlakneyParticipant
- City: Kingston
- Department Name: Kingston Fire & Rescue
In Kingston our Municipal Dry Hydrants are maintained to NFPA 25. We have some dry hydrants at facilities where there is underground stored water tanks for firefighting (for example hwy 401 rest stops); we require them to be serviced annually like a fire hydrant. This service is now be offered by Lakeshore Fire Hydrants. Hope this helps.
April 17, 2019 at 11:26 am #10119
April 17, 2019 at 10:57 am #10117Keith WellsParticipant
Good morning Mike,
Fire Underwriters references NFPA 1142 which has a form specifically for dry hydrant inspection and maintenance.
I can scan and send a copy to you if you wish.
My email is [email protected] .
April 17, 2019 at 11:26 am #10120
April 18, 2019 at 8:50 am #10121Kevin MeijerinkParticipant
Assuming the dry hydrant has been installed to meet the requirements of OBC 3.2.5, the only provision I can see is:
184.108.40.206. Private and public water supplies for fire protection installations shall be maintained to provide the required flow under fire conditions.
It doesn’t give much to go on. Given the lack of direction, it would be interesting to see the outcome if an order was issued to comply with the form and requirements in NFPA 1142 was appealed.
Perhaps a change that should be requested to the fire code to provide requirements pertaining to the maintenance of dry hydrants.
April 30, 2019 at 3:56 pm #10154John WilsonParticipant
- Department Name: Perth Fire Services
I’d also look at 6.6.4. and 6.6.5. There’s no distinction in them between a dry hydrant and one connected to a municipal pressurised system
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