What is more universal than a fire hydrant or a traffic light? While they are used for different purposes, these two staples of daily life have a number of elements in common. In order to ensure public safety, they both must be in good repair. Additionally, they both rely on colors to convey important information. But while the general public knows what colors mean at a traffic light, typically only firefighters or water distribution personnel know the meaning behind the colors of a fire hydrant. This paper explores the various color codes of dry barrel fire hydrants, explains the advantages of a universally understood color code system and demonstrates why proper coating is crucial to their serviceability.
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