Did you know.... It is illegal to drive over a fire hose? You can be fined and or arrested. Fire hose is designed to take pressure from the inside out, not the other way around. Just a small amount can cause it to be damaged or burst, the resulting loss of water could cost a firefighter's life!

Californias Law re Fire Hydrants

22514.  No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant except as follows:
(a) If the vehicle is attended by a licensed driver who is seated in the front seat and who can immediately move such vehicle in case of necessity.

(b) If the local authority adopts an ordinance or resolution reducing that distance. If the distance is less than 10 feet total length when measured along the curb or edge of the street, the distance shall be indicated by signs or markings.

(c) If the vehicle is owned or operated by a fire department and is clearly marked as a fire department vehicle.

Amended Ch. 488, Stats. 1987. Effective January 1, 1988


Parking in Front of Fire Hydrants
Photo courtesy of Danny Barlogio


Parking in front of a fire hydrant can have costly results.