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Fire Hydrants

A fire hydrant is a piece of equipment that is fixed to a water main from which a firefighter can access water for fire fighting.

Fire hydrants are situated in footpaths or roadways and are protected by a rectangular metal cover marked FH.

Please do not park in a way which could mean we can't get to the hydrant if we need to use it.

Please contact us if you believe there are problems with a fire hydrant, giving an accurate location as possible and details of your concern.

Think before you park!

There will be a yellow marker plate fixed to a post or wall.

Fire Hydrant sign close up

There may also be a yellow H in the road and/or the cover painted yellow.

Hydrant Sign

Know the Law and Don't Break it!

A person commits an offence if they damage or obstruct a fire hydrant, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £500 (Fire & Rescue Services Act 2004 42 (6-8).

It is illegal to use a fire hydrant to obtain water for purpose other than fire fighting, unless authorised by the Water Authority.

Persons found to be using fire hydrants without the appropriate authorisation are liable to prosecution.

Concerned a hydrant is being used illegally?

Please contact at East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on:  01323 462415  with as much details as possible:  

  •    location
  •     time and vehicle
  •     registration numbers etc.
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