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What are Fire Hose Fittings and Fire Hoses?

10/7/2013 8:13:28 AM | by Anonymous

Fire Hose Fittings

Different types of industries use different hoses. In most cases, two pieces of hoses are connected together in order to reach greater lengths. Under these circumstances, fire hose fittings are used to connect the hoses together. Some of these fire hose fittings are also able to combine different types of hoses together. There are numerous types of fittings available and they can either be permanent or temporary.


Fire hose fittings require a stronger material as they often are subjected to strong pressures. Thus, most of the fire hose fittings are made out of brass. Brass is a good material as they are able to withstand the strong pressures going through it. Furthermore, brass is highly resistant to rust making it ideal for a fire hose fitting. Brass systems do cost more though. Other industrial hoses may face other issues such as harmful chemicals going through them. Some hoses are also used to transport materials such as sand, petrol, oil or steam. In such situations, a better alternative would be stainless steel. Stainless steel is able to not only withstand the high pressure of the contents going through the hose, but also it is able to resist issues such as corrosion. If needed, fire hose fittings may also be custom made to the customer’s specifications.


Apart from fire hose fittings, there are also hose fittings made for the garden hose. The types of fittings that are made for garden hoses are made out of plastic as they are not subjected to high pressures. Using plastic also makes it lightweight. These types of fittings can also be used in irrigation and sprinkler systems where the area is fairly large and two or more hoses need to be connected. Apart from water systems, hose fittings can also be used for household appliances such as vacuum cleaners.


Fire hose


To understand what a fire hose fitting is used for, it is also good to know what a fire hose is. A fire hose is used to deliver water or other flame retardants to tackle a fire at extremely high pressures. Fire hoses are very strong and sturdy. They need to be able to withstand pressures of up to 300 per square inch.


The hoses are often available through companies who manufacture fire fighting equipment. The hoses are often very expensive as they have to be made with a variety of materials able to resist the high pressure and contents going through it. The contents may include chemicals in fire retardants.


Fire hoses are quite flexible and they are usually flat so that they can be rolled up and easily stored while saving space as well. A stronger fire hose fitting is used to connect the first section of the hose to the water source. The other fire hose fittings are used to connect the other sections of the hoses together. At the last section of the hose is where a nozzle is attached allowing the water or fire retardants to exit. Two or more fire fighters often have to work together as the force caused by the pressures can easily knock somebody over.


In many buildings, fire hoses and access points are often installed. If a fire were to occur, then the people inside the building are able to convenient use the fire hoses to contain the fire. However, these fire hoses are smaller and produce less pressure as well. This means it will not be as effective in extinguishing the fire when compared to the types of fire hoses fire fighters use.


Thus, thanks to the advancement of fire hoses and fire hose fittings we are well equipped to fight fires. However, the two items complement each other and without either one of them, fire fighting may not be as efficient as how it is today.

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