Fire Hydrants...Colors mean something!

Did you know the color of your fire hydrant means something? If a condo community owns a hydrant, it is painted red or red/white. If its owned by the City, its yellow. If the water is not drinkable its painted violet, although I have never seen one.

So why is this important? Well Ohio Fire Code section 5.7.3 requires hydrants be serviced annually or you can be subject to fines and penalties-or worse if there is a fire and the hydrant does not work. If your community has red hydrants, then they are normally the condo association responsibility to service. In some cases, the village or city is nice enough to service your hydrants, but that almost never happens in Columbus.

So let your manager know, if you have red hydrants, if your city/village/county/township has or will be servicing your hydrants. If not, they will need serviced.

If you have yellow hydrants you should not need servicing as the city will do them.


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