City of Monroe, WI
Green County
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§ 7-6-1 Purpose.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
The purpose of this chapter is to prescribe regulations or the construction and placement of fire hydrants and fire department connections that are consistent with nationally recognized standards in order to facilitate the protection of life, environment, and property from the hazards of fire.

§ 7-6-2 Definitions.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
In this chapter:
FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION
Means a piped connection outside a structure for the use of the fire department to supply water to a sprinkler system or standpipe.
NATIONAL STANDARD THREAD
Means a) for a 2 1/2 pipe a screw-thread configuration having an outside diameter of 3.0686 inches and 7.5 threads per inch b) for a 4 1/2 pipe a screw-thread configuration having an outside diameter of 5.010 inches and 4.0 threads per inch.

§ 7-6-3 Minimum fire hydrant specifications.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
Fire hydrants shall conform to the following minimum specifications:
(A) 
Fire hydrants in commercial and industrial areas. All fire hydrants in commercial or industrial areas shall have two national standard thread hose outlets of 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and one national standard thread hose outlet of 4 1/2 inches in diameter, with a five-inch storz adapter and cap.
(B) 
Fire hydrants serving fire department connections. Fire hydrants serving fire department connections, wherever located, shall have two national standard thread hose outlets of 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and one national standard thread hose outlet of 4 1/2 inches in diameter, with a five-inch storz adapter and cap.
(C) 
Location of fire hydrants. Fire hydrants shall be located as follows:
(1) 
A distance from any building of not less than 1 1/2 times the height of the building. The fire chief may approve a lesser distance if the distance specified in this paragraph cannot be achieved due to site conditions.
(2) 
A distance from a fire department connection of not less than 35 feet or more than 150 feet. The fire chief may approve a lesser or greater distance if the distance specified in this paragraph cannot be achieved due to site conditions.
(3) 
A distance from the curb of a fire lane, or the paved street surface if no curb exits, of between two and five feet.
(4) 
If possible, fire hydrants shall be located off a corner of the building and out of any potential collapse zone.
(5) 
Fire Hydrants shall be spaced no more than 600 feet apart in commercial areas.
(D) 
Clear space. A three-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of each fire hydrant.

§ 7-6-4 Minimum fire department connection specifications.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
Fire department connections shall conform to the following minimum specifications:
(A) 
Location. Fire department connections shall be a minimum three feet and maximum 35 feet from the fire lane and an unobstructed path at least five feet in width approved by the fire chief or his or her designee shall be provided and maintained.
(B) 
Clear space. A three-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of each fire department connection.
(C) 
Connector requirements. Every fire department connection shall have a 5 inch storz connector with a 30 degree angle elbow (if applicable) and must be provided with a fire department connection cap approved by the fire chief or his or her designee.
(D) 
Signage. A metal sign with raised capital letters at least 2 inches tall shall be mounted on all fire department connections serving automatic sprinklers, standpipes or fire pump connections. Such sign shall read: "AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS" or "STANDPIPES" or "TEST CONNECTION" or a combination thereof as applicable.

§ 7-6-5 Unobstructed access to structures.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
Fire hydrants and fire department connections shall be located so that hose connections do not obstruct access to a structure and the hose lay does not cross a roadway or fire lane.

§ 7-6-6 Painting or color coding of fire hydrants.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
All fire hydrants, including those existing on the effective date of this chapter, shall be painted yellow. The bonnet and the caps of the fire hydrant shall be painted in color code to indicate the available fire flow conforming to N.F.P.A. standard no 291 (2010 edition) and any subsequent editions amendatory and supplemental thereto. No person shall repaint, decorate, block or attempt to obscure a hydrant in any way without the approval of the fire chief.

§ 7-6-7 Nonconforming fire hydrants and fire department connections.

[2-17-2016; 2016 Code]
Any fire hydrant or fire department connection that does not meet the requirements of this chapter on the effective date hereof shall be upgraded when such fire hydrant or fire department connection is replaced.