Do Fire Hydrants Have To Be Painted A Certain Color
By Megan McNeil |
Posted: Mon 8:45 PM, Nov 06, 2017 |
Updated: Tue 8:03 AM, Nov 07, 2017
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Accept you noticed that there are altered black blaze hydrants throughout the Grand Valley? It's not aloof for your examination pleasure... It turns out, they absolutely beggarly something.
"Traditionally in the blaze service, there are four altered colors of the caps of the blaze hydrant," said Frank Frappier a Grand Junction firefighter. "You accept red, you accept orange, you accept blooming and you accept blue."
So to breach it down, let's alpha with article familiar--red.
"Our red blaze hydrants are commonly put out 0-500 gallons per minute," said Ron Key, the baptize aliment administrator for Grand Junction. "It's our everyman breeze blaze hydrant that's in our system."
While that sounds like a lot, a archetypal blaze barter pump holds about 500 gallons, and they run out of baptize in about 15 seconds.
"Most of our red blaze hydrants are begin in our residential areas in our earlier allotment of town, breadth the pipelines were apparently put in in the 1950s," Key said.
There are alone six red-topped blaze hydrants in the Grand Junction district.
There are alone 20 orange hydrants in the Grand Junction district.
"Our orange blaze hydrants breeze from 500 to 1,000 gallons a minute," Key said.
Then there are 86 blooming hydrants in the arrangement which key calls 'second best.' The blooming hydrants advance amid 1,000 and 1,500 gallons of baptize per minute.
The absolute hero hydrant and best accessible hydrant in boondocks is the dejected hydrant. There's added than 1,000 of them broadcast on artery corners throughout Grand Junction.
"They put out over 1,500 gallons a minute at 20 PSI breeze rate," Key said.
"So ideally, it'd be nice to consistently accept a dejected hydrant or one with the best burden possible," Frappier said.
The Grand Junction commune covers mostly downtown, and it's the alone commune out of Palisade, Clifton, Grand Junction and Ute Baptize to absolutely blush alike the hydrants to the baptize pressures.
"Here in the Grand Valley, there are assorted baptize companies, and anniversary baptize aggregation has a altered painting system," Frappier said.
Hydrants with blooming bodies and chicken acme accord to the better baptize provider in the area...the Ute Baptize Conservancy District.
"We accept about 4,200 blaze hydrants in our administration system," said Joseph Burtard, a agent for the district.
Their hydrants amplitude all the way to the Utah border.
"Of those 4,200 in the administration system, about 90 to 95 percent of them go over 1,100 gallons of baptize per minute," Burtard said.
Grand Junction is the alone one to use the chicken bodies and black tops.
"Well chicken is added arresting for one reason," Key said. "When we aboriginal started painting blush codes, we charge accept been about by Blooming Bay Packer admirers because they were aflame we were painting them Blooming Bay Packer colors."