How far do you stop away from a fire hydrant?

How Far Do You Need To Park From A Fire Hydrant?

You are not allowed to park within three metres (nine feet) of a fire hydrant, or you will be fined if caught. This is applicable in all municipalities across Ontario. You can also get a ticket if you are parked to load or unload near a fire hydrant.

The three metre rule exists so fire crews can see hydrants from the street and park as close as possible to access the hydrants when working on extinguishing a fire.

How far can you park from a fire hydrant Australia?

1 metre. Unless there is a sign saying that you can, you are not allowed to park, stop or leave your vehicle within 1 metre of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator. In a parallel park you must leave a minimum of 1 metre between your vehicle and the vehicle in front and behind.


Can I park in front of a white fire hydrant?

Can you park in front of a white fire hydrant? Yes you can. And when the Fire Department needs to use the hydrant they will just go THROUGH instead of looking for you to move the vehicle.

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How Much Space Do Emergency Vehicles Need?

It is ideal to have a 20 foot width with hard shoulders, but if this is not possible, turnouts (wide, graveled areas along the road that allow vehicles to pass) should be installed every 250 feet. Long fire trucks must negotiate curves and turnarounds with a minimum turning radius in order to be able to do so.

What Distance Should A Hydrant Be?

It is illegal to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant and within 15 feet of a fire station driveway, according to the parking section of the California Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Handbook.

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The fire hydrant targets the outer glutes, core, and hips. This is a great exercise to tone and firm your butt and thighs, strengthen the hips, and also tighten your core. For a perkier backside, pair fire hydrants with donkey kicks.

What Does The Fire Hydrant Workout Do For Your Body 

It activates the glutes. Most of us sit at a desk all day hunched over a computer screen, as a result our glute muscle becomes inactive. This could lead to lower back pain, hip pain, and even knee and ankle pain.

What Is A Fire Hydrant? Why Are They Important?

A fire hydrant in North America is an access point for firefighters to tap into a mains water supply. They are commonly, but not always, red valve points that stick out from the sidewalk. 

Water is a key ingredient in extinguishing fires. A fire hydrant ensures that there is an adequate water supply for firefighters to tackle a blaze where it may arise. 

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Are There Exceptions Based On The Color Of The Curb Or The Hydrant?

You heard wrong, sadly. 

There are no exceptions to the rule based on the color of the curb.

The curb should be painted red because it makes it easier to visually identify that 15-foot area from the hydrant, but the city may not have been able to paint, yet, and the law doesn’t care about the color of curbs, it says “don’t park within 15-feet of a fire hydrant”.

In Los Angeles, for example, 

The same goes for the color of the hydrant, you may have been told that, for example, if the hydrant is grey, it’s OK to park there, it’s not. 

Again, the law says, “don’t park within 15-feet of a fire hydrant”.

Are There Any Exceptions?

The law isn’t meant to inconvenience you, it’s there to ensure the safety of firefighters and the general public. 

That means in most places, there will be an exception to the law if you (the driver) remain in your car and the engine remains running, so that if the fire service arrives, you can immediately move your vehicle. 

You may load or unload passengers or goods during this time too. 

But that’s it. 

You cannot park your car in front of a hydrant and then get out of the car. 

What If The Fire Hydrant Is Broken? 

When we said, “no exceptions”, we meant “no exceptions”. 

No offense, but the driver of a car is not a fire hydrant maintenance person and it’s not their job to make a decision on whether or not a fire hydrant is viable for use in fighting a fire. 

If you want to do that job, you’ll need to work for the city and be driving a city vehicle with a permit to assess fire hydrants. 

Otherwise, no parking near a fire hydrant even if you think the hydrant is broken. 

The judge for your parking ticket is unlikely to be sympathetic to the cry of “I thought it was broken.”

What If I Only Need To Park For A Minute?

This won’t cut it, I’m afraid. 

The firefighters who arrive on the scene are not insured to drive your vehicle nor are they meant to take responsibility for it. And if there is a fire, they don’t have time to move your car anyways.

It’s your vehicle and the only person who can take responsibility for it, is you, and that means you have to be inside the vehicle to make use of the only exception, with the keys in the car and the engine running. 

What If A Sign Says I Can Park In Front Of The Hydrant At Certain Times Of Day?

Some states allow for signage that permits parking at certain hours. However, you must be certain that the sign relates to the fire hydrant and not to something else.

So, for example, if you see a sign that relates to cleaning the street which says, “You can’t park between X hour and Y hour.” This sign is not giving you permission to park within 15-feet of a hydrant at any time of day. 

Even if you turn up after Y hour and intend to leave before X hour. The sign is in respect to street cleaning, not the fire hydrant. 

A sign that allows parking near a fire hydrant will clearly indicate the hydrant (by use of an arrow) and explicitly state that it relates to the hydrant. 

Any other sign simply won’t cut it. 

How to identify a fire hydrant?

Fire hydrants are marked clearly enough in various ways to let people know their whereabouts in case of emergencies. Some of them are marked by blue reflective­ indicators which are put up on marker posts or blue cat’s eye on the road. Their direction can also be indicated through the use of triangles on the road.

Some clarifications regarding this issue

People have had problems in understanding the no parking rules in front of fire hydrants before. One such example is of California resident Terri Bates who had a doubt regarding the color of the fire hydrant and the parking laws surrounding it.

He claimed that drivers parked in front of fire hydrants almost always since their hydrants had no paint and asked about the rules regarding unpainted fire hydrants. Well if you are having the same question as Terri, I will tell you that it doesn’t matter.

Be it painted or not, every hydrant has the same purpose and the California Department of Motor Vehicles Drivers Handbook states that the car has to be parked at a minimum distance of 15 feet as had been discussed earlier but isn’t it common sense to keep the car at a safe distance? I’ll let you decide.

What happens when you park in front of a fire hydrant?

A parking ticket or your car being towed will be the least of your concerns if there is a fire in the area you parked your car, in front of the hydrant. There might be serious consequences. One such example is of the fire department is in Anaheim California, where a car was parked exactly in front of the hydrant they needed.

They had to break the windows of the car to get the hose through it and had explained through several photographs to explain to people why they could not get the hose above or around the car. The hose needs to be straight for the water to reach its destination. It sure looked funny but it is nothing but a serious issue.

Final thoughts

Being a responsible citizen and following law and order are the very foundations on which this society has been created and we have very simple tasks to follow, like parking a good deal away from a fire hydrant.

You never know when it might make a difference. You being considerate and parking a car just a few feet away from what might become a precious resource to save lives might just be the difference. Any human being with a conscience will surely not do it after this elaborate article and here’s to hoping!