Australian Fire Hose Reel Regulations & Standards

The difference between a fire hose and a Australian standard fire extinguisher is that the latter can come filled with different elements to battle different types of fires, whereas the fire hose is connected to the water supply. This is a key distinction since it means that they are only appropriate for use when trying to get a paper or wood-fuelled fire under control. They are not recommended for use on fires that involve electricity, petrol, oil or cooking fats. In fact, water can make such fires much worse than they are, so should be avoided at all costs.
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Fire Hose Reel Australian Standards

The fire hose in your building should only be used as the first line of defence to stop a fire from growing. However, where the fire has already spread and is getting out of control, then the emergency services must be called to stop it.

Fire Hose Reel Australian Regulations

As with all fire safety equipment, there is an onus on those responsible for the property to have testing completed at regular intervals. According to AS1851, testing must be performed on specific fire hose reels every six months. Failure to comply with this requirement could compromise any claim that you may have, should the need arise.

Fire hose reel regulations may not be your immediate priority, which is why it makes sense to outsource maintenance, testing and scheduling of repeat tests to the professional team that works around you. At Jim’s Fire Safety, we help countless businesses fulfil their compliance requirements every month through our thorough testing, which is backed up by detailed reports and records.

When our technicians visit your premises, we will extensively check the fire hoses that you have in place. We look at everything from accessibility to signage and operating instructions. These key elements make it easy for those that may have to use the fire hose to find and use it with ease when time is of the essence.

We also consider the physical state of the fire hose – unlike a smoke alarking that keeps going off it may be harder to detect hose damage yourself. That’s why it helps to have us check everthing for you, if the parts such as the nozzle interlock, swing arm and unwind all work as expected, and we consider whether there is any leakage evident and that the flow of water meets the standards. Anchor points, hose guide and fittings, hazards or obstructions will also fall under our inspection. Finally, we record our approval of the viability of your equipment on the label.

We Help You Comply With Fire Hose Reel Standards

At Jim’s Fire Safety, we want each customer to benefit from our convenient service. Our free reminder service is ideal for those who have busy calendars and many more responsibilities to consider. We remind you when a test is due and work with you to schedule an appropriate time for our mobile team to drop out and check that everything is in fine working order.

So, if you want to make sure that you meet the prevailing fire hose reel Australian regulations give us a call to book a test, or chat with our friendly, helpful customer service team using the chat feature here on our site.
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In the event of a fire, it would be horrifying to discover your fire hose reels are not functional. This would be a disaster. To prevent this from happening, guidelines have been set by the Australian Government that seek to ensure that all fire safety equipment is functional and can be relied upon to provide relief in the event of an emergency.

The fire hose reel regulation that specifically deals with this is AS/NZS1221, in which it states that maintenance for fire hose reels must be carried out 6 monthly, to make sure that your reels perform to the expected standard during an emergency.


Life and Property Saving Equipment

Fire hose reels are an extremely important element in the event that a fire breaks out and greatly assist in bringing a fire under control and putting it out. The retractable hose is usually extended fully from the reel to allow water to be pumped through. Maintaining the reel and hose in good condition is vital to ensuring its efficacy.

Jim’s Fire Safety experts will be happy to avail their services to your establishment, to ensure that your fire safety equipment is properly maintained, allowing you to meet the Fire Hose Reel Australian Standards.

Our team of dedicated professionals spans right across Australia, and we are certain that wherever you are located, a member of our team will be able to assist you in keeping your equipment in good working order and assuring your safety and that of your staff.

The Maintenance of Fire Hose Reels

Fire Hose Reel Maintenance must be done 6 monthly. During the check the following things are controlled to ensure they are in proper condition:

  • The hose and reel are in a fully functional condition.
  • Couplings and joints should be watertight
  • The spray nozzle is clear and adjustable
  • Test flow to ascertain flow rate

These may not seem very big maintenance issues, but if any one of them is not in proper working condition, then the risk is that the flow of water will be restricted in the event of a fire. Inspection can only be carried out by professional and certified safety maintenance personnel.

Once done, the hose reel should be rolled back and full details recorded on the service label that must be attached. A pressure test should be carried out every five years to see the maximum amount of water pressure the hose can withstand.

Doing this would indicate how well the equipment will work during an emergency. Any issues that are found will be dealt with and resolved immediately. We at Jim’s Fire Safety are happy to carry out the testing of your equipment

During our routine inspection and maintenance, we work to verify the following

  • assessment of the hazard risks has been taken into consideration,
  • water supply
  • connection fitting
  • fire hose reel pump
  • accessibility and location
  • mountings
  • commissioning
  • record of installation

We always ensure that the above comply with the terms laid out in Standard AS/NZS 1221 in order to issue the inspection certificate and issue a comprehensive report on each piece of equipment we test. Furthermore, we have a data management system that ensures that you are kept fully up-to-date on the Fire Hose Reel Australian Standards ensuring you do not run into any compliance issues.

Should you need to schedule an appointment with us, you may get in touch with us online, or call our national number 131 546, where you will be directed to the expert that’s closest to you. Our customer service team are on hand to help you from Monday to Saturday.

Jim’s Fire Safety specialises in fire safety protection for homes & workplaces around Australia. We offer a variety of services such as smoke alarm testing and fire extinguisher testing to ensure you are safe if a fire does occur. Browse our website further or contact us to learn more.



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