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05th Sep 2022

People have only just found out what the H on lampposts means

Tobi Akingbade

It doesn’t mean higher or lower.

The dear people of the internet are only just realising that the H on some lampposts carry a meaning and it’s not just a tombstone for H from Steps … or a landing area for helicopters.

Thanks to the holy grail of TikTok, a video explaining what the bright yellow signs with a large black H on them actually mean.

South Yorkshire Fire posted a video on the platform, saying: “POV: You’ve walked past these small yellow signs your whole life.


@southyorkshirefire Top or bottom? #FirefighterTikTok #FireHydrant ♬ original sound – marianne

“But it was today you realised, finally, after all these years, they are there to tell firefighters where the hydrants are.”

That’s right, it’s just a handy tool for the fire crew to know where the water supply is.

While a lot of us paid attention in school, many others admitted to not having a clue, with one person commenting: “Well I learnt something new today thank you!”

Someone else added: “I never knew. Everyday is a school day thank you.”

A third wrote: “I used to think it was H for helicopter landing”, while others asked what the numbers meant above and below the H, with one explaining: “Top is size and bottom is the distance from the sign.”

Using the sign in the video as an example, someone else added: “It means fire hydrant 100mm connection and it’s within 10 metres of the sign.”

There you have it.

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