Fire Hydrant Annual Maintenance
What is a Fire Hydrant?
A fire hydrant is used to access water directly from the local main supply, equipped with a fire hose connection for use in the event of a fire.
Why Should I Have A Fire Hydrant Tested?
British Standard BS9990:2006 states that where a fire hydrant exists on your premises, arrangements should be made by the owners or occupiers for annual maintenance.
Failure to adhere to the rules and regulations could result in prosecution and may also invalidate your insurance if a fire situation were to occur and the system fails due to a lack of regular maintenance. Please refer to our page on Fire Safety Order for further information.
Why Should I Use Dry Riser Specialists To Carry Out Fire Hydrant Annual Maintenance?
Fire equipment maintenance must be carried out by Competent Persons as required by relevant British Standards, Codes of Practice (Fire Safety Order (RRFSO)) and guidelines as prescribed by the manufacturers.
The RRFSO states in Part 2, Fire Safety Duties – Section 17 (Maintenance):
(1) Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this Order or, subject to paragraph (6), under any other enactment, including any enactment repealed or revoked by this Order, are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
In the event of an incident, fire investigators will ask to see a Certificate of Conformity, which should only be issued if the required standards have been adhered to.
Dry Riser Specialists ensures all works are completed in accordance with BS9990:2000 – the industry recognised British Standard.
What Does Our Annual Fire Hydrant Maintenance Consist Of?
Annual Hydrant Pressure & Flow Test
Carried out in accordance with guidelines as detailed in British Standard: BS9990:2006
Includes checking condition of:
- Surface paving around the edge of the frames
- Depth of outlet below frame (no more that 300m below ground level)
Pressure & Flow Test:
- Flushing out of the outlet
- Checking outlet connection
- Measurement & recording of flow & pressure rate
- Operation of frost valve checked on completion
- Leave hydrant pit empty & clean
Certificate of Conformity
All hydrants that are found to comply with the standards and are therefore in a satistactory condition and ready for immediate use in an emergency will be issued with a Certificate of Conformity.