Fire hoses can be a vital part of your building's safety and security system. Some hoses are meant for use by the building tenants, while other hoses are specifically placed for emergency workers. Extinguishers are available for immediate use for small fires, while a hose gives emergency workers instant access to a large amount of water without having to hook up or haul their own hoses into the building. This is especially necessary in large or tall buildings where hoses from the truck may not reach a fire deep inside the building. The following tips can help you maintain the hose properly.
Tip #1: Avoid too much sun
Fire hoses are usually housed inside a glass-fronted, wall-mounted case that provides easy opening and access. Make sure the location of this case isn't in an area that receive consistent sun exposure, such as in a sunny breezeway or indoors near a west-facing window. UV light can result in the degradation of the hose, shortening its useful life.
Tip #2: Dry the hose before storing
Whether you actually had to use the hose or were just testing it, make sure it is dry completely before rolling it back up and storing it. Otherwise, you may end up with a moldy or rotting hose. After draining the hose as much as possible, the interior can be further dried by hooking it up to an actual hose dryer, a device made for the purpose, or by using an air compressor to send air down the hose. Also, make sure the storage box had ventilation holes so moisture doesn't collect during storage.
Tip #3: Check the connections
Most fire hoses have brass or stainless fittings, which aren't prone to rust or corrosion. It's a good idea to still check them regularly for these issues, though, just in case. You must also test that the coupling connections still work and screw into hydrants, water supplies, or secondary hoses properly. Damage to the threads on the coupling can render a hose useless when you need it most.
Tip #4: Avoid damaging behaviors
As much as possible, avoid dragging the hose on the ground. If it must be dragged or pulled across the ground, make sure the flat of the hose, not the edge, is the portion resting on the ground. This will prevent fraying and damage to the actual hose. If the hose will be laid out, for use, inspection or drying, make sure metal or plastic hose bridges are placed over the hose where it crosses roads or heavily used sidewalks.
Proper care of your fire hose protects your investment, while also alerting you to any issues while they can still be prepared. Contact a fire safety and security service like Alexander Gow Fire Equipment Company for more information.