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AS 2441 - 2005

Australian Standard AS 2441-2005 Installation of Fire Hose Reels

Australian Standard AS 2441-2005 serves as an essential reference for the correct design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fire hose reel systems. It provides universally recognised guidelines to guarantee that these safety measures perform optimally in the event of a fire.

Scope: The Core of AS 2441-2005

The scope of AS 2441-2005 explicitly outlines the requirements that must be adhered to when designing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining fire hose reels within an organisation or facility.

Design

When it comes to the design element, this standard specifies various aspects, including but not limited to, selection and suitability of the hosereel, the length and diameter of the hose, the type and size of the nozzle, as well as the pressure rate. Designing to this standard ensures that, when called upon, the equipment will operate efficiently and adequately to suppress fires.

Installation

The installation guidelines under AS 2441-2005 cover the fitting positioning of the fire hose reel. It specifies where and how the hose reel should be installed considering its accessibility and visibility, and the ease of operation during emergencies. It also addresses the mounting requirements ensuring that the hose reel is secure and able to withstand the force when the hose is fully extended.

Commissioning

Post-installation, the fire hose reel system requires commissioning to make sure it operates as intended. AS 2441-2005 enumerates the processes and tests required to validate the assembly, including checks for leaks, flow rate, and nozzle spray pattern.

Maintenance

Regular maintenance inspections, as defined by AS 2441-2005, ensure the system remains in working order and lasts as long as intended. This involves timely checks on various aspects like water supply, ease of operation, condition of equipment, signs of corrosion, or any obstruction to operation. The standard further emphasizes the importance of keeping detailed records of all maintenance activities, which can serve as evidence of compliance during regulatory checks.

Compliance with AS 2441-2005  helps to ensure that a fire hose reel system is consistently capable of minimising the impact of a fire, potentially saving lives and property. It is a shared responsibility for all occupants of a facility to understand these safety requirements, and adopt compliant practices.

A fire hose reel maintenance inspection is a procedure aimed at ensuring the proper functioning and safety of a fire hose reel system. It involves periodic checks and assessment to comply with fire safety standards and prevent potential malfunctions during an emergency situation.

The inspection process typically covers the following aspects:

  1. Accessibility and Visibility: Ensure the fire hose reel is located in the designated place, and there are no obstructions to access or visibility.
  2. Physical Condition: Examine the hose reel system for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or clogged nozzles.
  3. Operating Instructions: Verify that the operating instructions on the nameplate are legible and facing outward.
  4. Safety Seals and Tamper Indicators: Check that the safety seals and tamper indicators are not broken or missing.
  5. Fullness: Determine the fullness of the hose by weighing or lifting it.

AS 1851 – 2012: Routine Service of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment

A fire hose reel is a type of fire hydrant that is typically installed in environments where there is a risk of fire, such as industrial facilities, warehouses and commercial buildings. The hose reel is designed to allow firefighters to quickly access the water supply when they are called to a fire.

The most common type of hose reel is a 19mm-36m Hose Reel. Larger and longer hose reels can be installed depending on the risk and environment. For a saltwater environment a stainless steel hose reel would be required to reduce rust.

A fire hose reel requires a location sign and also instructions on the reel to operate. Nozzle locking device is required to ensure that in an emergency the first responder turns the water supply onto the hose reel before advancing toward the fire.

They are checked at six monthly marks and also for an annual test which includes a flow test. The flow test ensures that the four meter stream that a hose reel is designed to produce works under the current water pressure provided.

Portable fire extinguishers are used to put out small fires. They are classified according to the type of fire they can put out, and include water, foam, powder (dry chemical), carbon dioxide, and vaporizing types.

Reference  “Knowing Your Fire Classes & Extinguishers”

Most common in modern workplaces are ABE (automatic bicarbonate extinguishers) and CO2 fire extinguishers. A food business will also have a wet chemical fire extinguisher for fat fires.

The frequency of inspection and maintenance can vary from monthly to yearly to five-yearly depending on the type of extinguisher you use. At the five-year mark when an extinguisher is due for a pressure test the common result is to replace it with a new one because it’s cheaper than refurbishing them—each extinguisher can vary depending on the build quality of the unit, however, so many manufacturers only ensure that its cylinder quality lasts five years before melting it down into a new unit.

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