Torvac can install fire hose reels within your building according to Australian Standards installation and maintenance requirements. Providing a steady, accessible and maneuverable supply of water, hose reels can extend to over 30 metres in length and, with correct positioning, can ensure complete coverage of your building making them a lot safer than domestic or garden hoses. Delivering at least 20 litres of water every minute to the fire at hand, a hose reel can be a powerful and easily accessible fire suppression tool. The direction and flow of water can be controlled by the hose operator by adjusting the nozzle at the end of the hose.
Hose reels are intended for use in Class A fires, involving flammable solids such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, and even some types of plastics.
- Water discharge should be at 0.45 litres per second when attached to an inlet with pressure of approximately 220 kPa. Note that it is important to confirm the water supply pressure is sufficient to support a proper fire hose.
- Reels should be installed in an area that is readily accessible in the event of a fire emergency. The location should be clearly marked with signs and labels.
- Fire hose reel assemblies should be in compliance with Australian Standard AS1221 in order to meet regulatory standards.
- When mounting the fire hose reel there should be a minimum height of 1.5m above floor level for the spindle and no higher than 2.4m above floor level.
- Operating instructions for the stop valve should be readily available within 2m of the hose reel assembly. As part of your fire emergency training the fire hose reel installation requirements and operating instructions should be covered.
- Avoid having any obstructions around or near the hose reel assembly and the valve handwheel. Maintain at least 2m clearance around the spindle and 100mm from the handwheel.
- The hose should be able to be pulled and run in any direction for the best coverage in fighting a fire. The installation location should be chosen to allow maximum coverage in a fire risk area.
- If the hose reel is mounted to a structure, confirm that the structure can support not only the pressure of the assembly but also any pulling and other forces when the hose is in use. The fastener types used to install on a structure depends on the structure itself. Brick or masonry would require a certain type while timber posts or other structures can require a different type of fastener. Check Australian Standard AS2441 for more details.
Using fire hose reel installation requirements can save lives and also help to preserve property while preventing the spread of fire. Torvac Solutions can help you to decide which fire hose reels would be suitable for your location and also help with installation and ongoing maintenance to make sure you remain in compliance and to make sure your equipment is ready in an emergency. Torvac can also supply your building with cabinet housing for fire hose reels.