FIRE HOSE REELS

What Is A Fire Hose Reel

When a fire starts action must be taken to quickly minimise damage and prevent injuries or fatalities. For larger fires a fire extinguisher may not be enough.

Fire hose reels are provided for the occupants of a building to take first response action. As a part of the fire safety system, they provide occupants with access to an unlimited water supply for extinguishing fires and for protecting themselves from radiant heat.

A compliant fire hose can reach flames from a safe distance using pressurised water. The amount of water can quickly put dangerous flames under control and help to create a barrier preventing the spread of the fire.

The stream from fire hose reels allow their use to be at least 4 metres from the seat of the fire compared with 2 metres for fire extinguishers.

Why Do Buildings Have Fire Hose Reels?

The Building Code of Australia volume 1 parts EP1.1 and E1.4, H3.10 and G4.8 detail the mandatory requirement for fire hose reels to be provided in various classes of buildings.

How Do I Operate A Hose Reel?

Training on the use of fire hose reels prior to using one is imperative. There are 4 steps to operating a manual fire hose reel. Automatic versions operate the water valve when the hose is pulled.

reel instructions

Maintenance, Inspection & Testing

Western Australia’s building legislation requires owners of Class 2 to Class 9 buildings (which includes residential apartments) to ensure the building’s firefighting services and equipment are maintained. This is to ensure that safety systems remain capable of performing to a standard not less than they were originally required and commissioned to achieve.

There is a financial penalty for noncompliance with the building legislation.

The Building Commission considers the adoption of Australian Standard AS1851-2012 Routine service of fire protection systems and equipment as good practice and a means for owners to ensure fire safety measures are serviced at regular frequencies to demonstrate suitable operation, and rectified or repaired if necessary to meet their regulatory obligation on maintenance.

ROUTINE SERVICE FREQUENCIES MONTHLY THREE MONTHLY SIX MONTHLY YEARLY FIVE YEARLY TEN YEARLY TWENTY YEARLY THIRTY YEARLY

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