The Fire Hydrant Receives Its First Redesign in Over 100 Years

By: Alyson Wyers - Jun 5, 2014
References: sigelock & fastcoexist
For the first time in the better part of a century, the fire hydrant has finally received a redesign. Sigelock Spartan is looking to build incredibly durable fire protection devices that won't leak, freeze or break and are tamper-proof so they work when people need them most.

Designed by a former New York firefighter, the redesigned fire hydrants are no longer made out of cast iron and aren't so easy to open. Given the shocking amount of times fire hydrants malfunction in an emergency situation, George Sigelakis wanted to ensure his redesign addressed the two most common causes of breakage.

Instead, the Sigelock Spartan hydrant is made from corrosion-resistant materials like stainless steel and ductile iron. Without maintenance, this product is expected to last 200 years.