A fire hose is a must-have for all home and business owners. Here’s how users need to buy and use these fire safety devices.
Fire hoses serve a very specific purpose – fire-fighting. In fact, it’s illegal to use a fire hose for washing or cleaning purposes. These devices help thousands of home and business owners prevent extensive property damage from fires every year. Hence, all property owners are advised to own these tools, in addition to other fire safety tools. Here’s a guide to shopping and using fire hoses.
Buy for Your Specific Needs
Don’t purchase a fire hose because you think they’re cool. Often people observe their municipal fire departments fighting fires with advanced hoses. Those hoses are called ‘attack hoses.’ Firefighters go through years of training to use those devices. No home or business owner should attempt to purchase or use these hoses. They should instead consider some scenarios where they might need to use the device. For instance, keeping fire hoses close to your basements is always a good idea. The hose must meet the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Also, non-specialists must avoid purchasing complex hoses that require special maintenance. As long as they’re knowledgeable regarding how to use the fire safety device, a simple and long-lasting hose is more than sufficient.
What are Your Material Options?
Commonly, materials like polyester and synthetic nitrile rubber are used to manufacture standard fire hoses. These rubber-covered hoses are resistant to fuel damage, chemicals, oils, and of course, extreme temperatures. Polyester is also a good material for a fire hose as it’s resistant to heat and weathering. Instead of getting a low-cost single jacket hose, home and business owners must aim to acquire double jacket fire hoses. These hoses are more fire and heat-resistant as they have extra layers of rubber or polyester jackets.
Maintaining Fire Hoses
For a fire hose to stay functional for long periods, it must be cleaned, tested, inspected, and stored safely, on a regular basis. Carrying out these multiple steps across every week is vital for maximizing their lifespans. People prefer rubber-coated wires as they’re easy to maintain. Some mild soap water and soft brushing are enough to get rid of all dirt or debris on these pipes. Double jacket fire hoses require special attention, especially while storage. Users don’t want their hoses to lose their shape for poor storage. Ideally, home and business owners should scrub their hoses with soap water, rinse them, dry them, and store them in cool and easily accessible spots in the house.
Other Fire Safety Equipment You Need
Historically, fire hoses haven’t been able to completely extinguish fires or ensure everyone’s safety. That’s why setting up a fire safety equipment kit is vital for all property owners. This kit must include –
- Smoke alarms
- Fire blankets
- Fire extinguishers (at least 1 KG home fire extinguisher).
- Escape ladders.
These assortments of fire safety tools can help property owners secure their wealth and their lives. Fire hazards will continue to make us think about safety all the time. The key is to stop worrying about hazards and taking proactive fire safety steps.