In areas where cold weather and snow impact FD operations, the protection of dry fire hydrants from vehicle and plow damage is very important. Steel pipe bollards or similar protective barriers are vital to the health and longevity of a traditional dry fire hydrant, especially if that system uses PVC pipe. If for some reason a dry fire hydrant is damaged during the snow and freezing season it is important to protect the undamaged parts of the system until repairs can be made. A sheared off pipe becomes a real problem if debris gets into the sheared off end.
The photos shown in this news story are from a few years in Central Maryland when a dry fire hydrant was sheared off during snow removal operations. The first action taken (after notification) was to place a protective cap over the exposed pipe until weather would comply enough for official repairs to occur. The capping of that pipe really "saved" the system because all kinds of items could have fallen down that pipe during the period awaiting repair.
Fortunately, as soon as weather broke (some sun and 40+ degree temps), we were able to complete the repair and return the dry fire hydrant to service.
Once again, inspection of dry fire hydrant sites is very important throughout the year...not just at annual flow testing time.