The national standard is meant to make public hydrants more visible and distinguishable from privately owned hydrants, said
The fire department uses private hydrants to put out fires, but the city does not maintain them.
"Previously, there was a lot of confusion about who was responsible for which hydrants, so this change will obviously address that issue," Buchan said. "I've also been told that the yellow paint is also more resistant to UV damage and should provide a moderate increase in paint longevity."
Hydrants will also become yellow in the
The color of fire hydrants varies across
The recommendation from the
But more municipalities might soon make the transition, he said, because they can possibly get lower insurance rates if they paint their hydrants yellow.
"They use it as a benchmark for compliance," Willette said.
The groups suggest a range of colors -- red, blue, green, orange -- for private hydrants to help firefighters quickly and easily assess water capacity, he said.
"It's just a very simple way to differentiate the private infrastructure from the publicly owned infrastructure, and that helps us to understand what our duties are in terms of maintenance," Buchan said.
"Before they get to the scene, they know which hydrant they want to hook to," said
Willette warned that might change if the city someday looks to add more colors.
"People tend not to like wide color variations," he said.
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