Fire hose should be stored in cool, dry and well ventilated conditions. When loaded on a fire appliance or vehicle it should be stowed in such a way that air circulation can take place and that excessive chaffing against the sides of vehicle lockers due to vibration is minimised.
Once a pressure test is carried out the external surface of the hose should be examined for cuts, gouges, scorch marks and abraded areas.
After contact with oil or chemicals, a mild detergent may be applied to the affected area using a stiff brush. Then the area should be washed down using copious quantities of clean water.
Care in Use
- Pressure testing – This should be performed at least every twelve months and after each occasion of operational use. Each hose should be visually inspected then hydrostatically tested at a pressure of 50% in excess of the intended working pressure or at 10 bar, whichever is the greater. Areas of leakage should be repaired, where possible, and retested.
- Avoid dragging hose over sharp objects or abrasive surfaces, especially when kinked.
- Ensure that hose is not in contact with hot flaming debris for extended periods of time.
- Protect the hose with a suitable bandage where it touches the ground after leaving a pump delivery outlet, to avoid abrasion damage due to vibration.
- Roll hose into coils rather than flaking.
- Never bend hose at an acute angle, particularly while it is under pressure.
- Where vehicular access is required hose ramps should be used to avoid vehicles running over the hose.
- Couplings or branchpipes must not be dropped onto the hose as the impact may puncture the hose lining.
Maintenance after Use
Type 3 covered hoses – after normal use, the hose may be wiped down with a damp cloth and stored in a cool, dry, well ventilated place. Recoupled hose should always be subjected to examination and proof pressure testing to ensure coupling retention and to avoid detachment during use.
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