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How often should a fire hydrant be tested.

13 - 07 - 2019

How often should a fire hydrant be tested?

Fire Hydrant Testing Frequency

British Standards require Fire hydrants are tested and serviced once a year. This is to ensure the water pressure and flow rate are adequate and a Certificate of Conformity can be issued.

Property owners and managers often ask ‘How often should a fire hydrant be tested and why?‘ Fire hydrants require annual testing to ensure that they are delivering water at a suitable pressure and flow. In addition they should be inspected to check they have not been tampered with or damaged. In an emergency the fire brigade will rely on a hydrant to provide adequate water direct from the mains. This is why it is vital that they are maintained in a fully operational condition with the correct fire hose attachments at all times. British Standard BS9990:2015 details the requirements and frequency of fire hydrant servicing. 

Many fire hydrants are owned and maintained by water companies or local fire authorities. Privately owned fire hydrants are common for example at universities, shops, hall of residence, care homes. When fire hydrants are located on private property it is the responsibility of the owner, occupier or operator of the site to test the hydrant and maintain records of this. In the event of an incident, fire investigators will ask to see a Certificate of Conformity to demonstrate that the hydrant has been tested and maintained correctly.

Hydrants Direct Ltd can help

As a specialist fire hydrant service company, we offer a comprehensive maintenance and service which meets all the legal requirements. We aim to give property owners peace of mind that their Fire Hydrant is in safe hands and fully compliant.

Please call 0800 689 4853 or email site drawings in PDF form to and you will receive a quote within 24 hours.

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