Maintenance Do's and Don'ts

At the end of the day a is a piece of equipment. Just the way you want to properly clean your in order to extend fire hose life, it's a good idea to check out some of these "Do's and Don'ts" to ensure that your Fire Hose is being properly maintained. A lot of these great tips for your will help prevent short term and long term damage. 

Do:  Before breaking loose couplings, but after you shut off dumps & hydrants, remove any normal twisting that occurs when Fire Hose is pressurized.

Don’t:  Do not drag along edge or fold.

  • This will cause scruff or cut on outer jacket in the folded area of.

Completely drain Fire Hose of water.

Don’t:  Do not drag with water in line this will cause premature wear and tear, we don’t want that to happen to you!

Do:  Drag along its flat surface.

  • The abrasion will be distributed over a larger surface area.

Don’t:  Do not drag that is kinked over itself.

  • This concentrates & accelerates abrasion damage on the.

Do:  Reload only thoroughly dried.

Don't:  Do not use a pressure washer to clean.

Do: Thoroughly drain & dry  before storing.

Don't: Do not store wrapped in plastic material or bags.

Don't: Do not store with stretch wrap or any air-tight environment.

Don't:  Do not store  in direct sunlight or in poorly-ventilated areas! This will cause the  damage, so please do not do it.

Do: Load by laying it flat

Don't: Do not – lay on edge with folds in contact with the  bed.

Do: Lay  in bed by laying in alternating layers. 

  • This helps prevent roughness of the Fire hose in the Fire Hose bed.

Do: Walk at least 15 feet to the left side (facing the free end) of a being tested.

Don't: Do not walk on the right side (facing free end) or straddle being pressure tested.

DO: Remove & reload in bed every six months

    • Folds occur in different locations along the
    • This will help prevent wear and tear on
    • Allows visual inspection of, this will help you track all of those!

DO: Roll with male coupling inside roll to protect threads

    • If male coupling must be on outside, use a protective cap over threads to protect

DO: Use bridge whenever necessary for vehicles to drive over any

  • This will help protect your and preserve the longevity.,

DO: Open & close valves slowly on a LDH, commonly known as a Large Diameter. 

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