Fire! Where are all the hydrants?

One way to irritate your travel companions is to ignore the famous monuments and take photographs of fire hydrants.  Here are my holiday photos from Boston, New York City and Washington DC.

Why was I interested in fire hydrants?  Because American movies give the impression that US cities install these hydrants on street corners to provide cooling jets of water for playing children.  They help to fight fires as well? Even these cute ones with yellow hats?  Really?


Back home we leave the hydrants underground and mark them with plates like these.

How do these markers help fire fighters?  This is what the London Fire Brigade’s website says:-

“The two numbers on the plate show the size of the water main and the approximate distance of the hydrant.”

So in the photos above, the water mains serving the hydrants are 150 millimetres and 250mm in diameter respectively, and are located 1 metre and 4 metres from the marker plates.

London fire hydrant Regent Street wall

Back to the LFB website for another crucial fact:-

“In addition to marker plates, all hydrants are displayed on a computer in the cab of every London fire engine so that the nearest hydrant can be located while the crew are on route to a fire call.”

I feel reassured by my research into fire hydrants.  It’s just a pity that my local fire station in Chiltern Street is now a trendy hotel and restaurant.


Chiltern Firehouse and street

Click here to read more from the London Fire Brigade.  The best bit is the quiz  (click here) about the Great Fire of London which started on 2nd September 1666 (oops, I’ve given you one of the answers!).


10 Comments Add yours

  1. helentowershelentowers says:

    Love the fire hydrants but more specifically how you have such an eye for the objects I normally walk by without even noticing

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  2. Bec J. H. says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever taken photos of fire hydrants while travelling, but I do tend to take lots of photos of doors and flowers. We all have our travelling quirks!

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  3. I have officially learned something new! I had no idea that’s what those ‘H’ signs meant! 🙂

    How’s the food at that trendy fire restaurant? Worth checking out on another trip???

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  4. Kim in Fiji says:

    I’m fond of America’s hydrants, but Britain’s system would be a lot less of a nuisance when it comes to parking. Thank you for such an interesting post!

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  5. I love fire hydrants 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Do German buildings have “W” marker signs giving the diameter and distance of the nearest wurst dispenser? For all sausage emergencies?


      1. THAT would so catch on!


      2. How about this for sausage emergencies:…/_migr…/pics/Wurst_18.jpg


  6. Andrew says:

    3 out of 6. Not very good 😡


  7. The things I never really knew about fire hydrants =) I need to see if i notice anything when I walk around town next time….


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