When a fire is approaching and you property and family is under threat, often times, the garden hose will simply not make the grade at offering you the water you need to protect and in some cases defend you home from a fire.
Now is the time to be fire prepared and you fire protection systems should NEVER miss the list.
Here are top 7 suggestions to check or do:
- Check and replace as required any broken hoses and fittings. When required, you want everything working.
- If you have a fire pump, then make sure it has been serviced and is in full working order. Remember your power is likely to be cut in a fire situation so you will need a petrol or diesel-powered pump, sized to run your fire hoses. If you don’t have a pump, could this be a good investment?
- Will you have the water supply when you need it? In the event of a fire, the mains water supplies are often diverted to high pressure fire services units/trucks, so not only do you need to consider the pressure of your water supply in such an event, but whether you will be able to access water at all. Consider your water supply such as water tanks.
- Where are your hoses placed? Having access to your hoses and taps is essential when a fire is approaching. Don’t have just a single hose on one side of your property because you may not be able to access it when the time comes. Having hoses and taps at multiple locations will ensure having water when you need it most.
- Do you have the correct nozzle fittings to your hose to be able to disperse water at a flow and area that will give the correct firefighting coverage?
- Can everyone use your firefighting water systems? Too often during emergency situations, when a time comes where these systems are required to be used, the person who knows how to use them are not present. Don’t let a tragedy happen when all the right equipment was on hand for a good outcome, but it wasn’t used due to lack of know-how.
- Do you have the additional equipment and resources to help your firefighting? Roof mounted sprinklers and blocking gutters and filling them with water is a great way to help defend and protect your property, even when you are evacuating. The question is, do you have the necessary equipment and resources to do these tasks when they are needed?
Of course, the best plan of action is to listen to the directives of your local fire service and evacuate when directed. Evacuation is the best plan, but in times when this is simply not possible, make sure you and your family are prepared to defend you home and your own personal safety.
Think Water specialises in system design, installation and servicing of everything water related. As your local water expert, they have the product knowledge and experience to assist you with services and advice about water supply and firefighting equipment.
If you believe you need to look at your firefighting systems or perhaps get the right one installed, contact your local Think Water expert.
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