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Safety Inspections

For more information on hydrant static testing, flow testing, flushing, residual tests and hydrant safety inspection, visit our Flow Testing, Annual Safety Inspections, ISO Reporting Page.


Hydrant safety inspections are an important component conducted in conjunction with static tests, flow tests, flushing and residual fire flow testing. Many issues are uncovered while conducting hydrant inspections and verifying hydrant safety. According to NFPA and AWWA, hydrants should be inspected annually and verified to be in-service.

If a hydrant is in severe need of repairs or replacement, immediate notification is necessary. Ensure the safety of your residents, property, and avoid liability issues by annually inspecting all hydrants within your system and addressing repairs.

Annually inspecting fire hydrants identifies OUT OF SERVICE hydrants, verifies reliability, and provides valuable information on hydrants throughout the distribution system. Comprehensive reporting is necessary after inspections are conducted in order to address repairs and verify hydrant operability once repairs are completed.

Safety inspections start with physically inspecting each hydrant:

  1. Look for any obstructions that may interfere with the operation of the hydrants     

  2. Check for rusted or missing flange bolts

  3. Check for rusted or missing bonnet bolts

  4. Inspect lubrication of hose and pumper caps

  5. Check for missing chains, and s-hooks

  6. Inspect the condition of the pumper and hose nozzles

  7. Check to make sure fire hydrant is vertical

  8. Conduct static and flow pressure test to asses flow classification

  9. Determine if the hydrant needs to be raised or lowered

  10. Locate the position of the isolation valve

  11. Check for the presence of blue emergency markers

  12. Determine if the hydrant needs to be painted

  13. Check for main valve leaks

  14. Determine condition of operating nut

  15. Classify the fire hydrant according to ISO Conditions


After fire hydrants are inspected, a Fire Hydrant Inspection Report is provided outlining all information gathered during the inspections. The inspection report includes:

  1. Out of service hydrants

  2. Hydrants in extreme need of lube, oil, grease

  3. Seized operating nuts

  4. Seized pumper and hose caps

  5. Loose nozzles need to be recaulked

  6. Leaking hydrant main valves

  7. Bonnet and flange repairs

  8. Miscellaneous parts needed

  9. Hydrants needing extensions

  10. Blue markers missing

  11. Accessibility of each hydrant

  12. Missing chains and S-hooks

  13. Needed paint

  14. Locations with excessively dirty flow

  15. New hydrant locations

  16. Make, model, and year of each hydrant

  17. Location of hydrant’ isolation valve and condition of valve box cover

  18. Any additional information gathered


All fire hydrants should be inspected annually. Contact HYDRANT.COM for hydrant safety inspections.

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