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  2. If you can’t see the fire hydrant from the street then usually a fire fighter can’t either! Although the fire department has very detailed information on the location of each fire hydrant in the District, in the dark of night or if there is heavy smoke, it is difficult to locate a fire hydrant that is covered by bushes, trees, landscaping, or other obstructions such as decorative walls and could cost precious time in the attempt to save lives and property. Every second counts!


    Both Platte Canyon and the Littleton Fire Department require fire hydrants remain visible and accessible at all times. The District and the Fire Department must have unimpeded access to connect their hoses and equipment in routine maintenance and emergency situations. District and Fire Department regulations require that all fire hydrants be clear of bushes, fences, posts, decorative landscaping, and other obstructions a minimum of 3 feet of the rear and on each side of the hydrant and full clearance in front.


    If you have a fire hydrant located on or adjacent to your property the District and the fire department requests your assistance in maintaining the required clearance. Please trim bushes, tree branches or other landscaping plantings, and remove other obstructions from around the fire hydrant.


    The pictures below show both an “unacceptable clearance” and an “acceptable clearance”. It is very important to heed the above restrictions should the fire hydrant be needed for emergency situations.




    If you are unsure of the clearance requirements or have any questions or concerns about the above restrictions, please call Scott Hand, Operations Supervisor at 303-979-2333.