Are my fire hose reels being maintained correctly?
Maintenance of fire hose reels is governed by AS1851, but what does that mean? How can you tell if you are currently getting the service you are paying for? Here is a non-exhaustive look at what your fire service contractor should be doing as part of their routine servicing.
Every six months your service provider should:
Check that the hose reel is accessible and sufficient clearance is maintained
Check the hose reels operating instructions are still readable
Check the hose reel for damage or corrosion
Test the swing arm to make sure it allows the hose to unwind properly (at least 5m)
Test for leaks by pressurizing the hose reel
Test that water flows through the hose reel
Check that the service tag is suitably attached
Annually your service provider should:
Carry out all the service items on the six-monthly service
Check the anchor points of the hose reel
Check the hose guide and make sure it doesn't jam
Measure the flow rate of the hose reel and ensure it meets requirements (0.33L/s for 19mm hose)
Check the hose for wear and other damage
Check that the hose reel is still appropriate for the hazards it covers
Check for any building alterations that may affect the operation of the hose reel
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