Fire Hose Cleaning Procedures
After each use, all hose shall be cleaned per NFPA 1962 Standard for the Inspection, Care, and Use of Fire Hose, Couplings, and Nozzles and the Service Testing of Fire Hose, Chapter 4.7 Cleaning and Drying (Latest Edition). It is recommended to “dry” brush the hose using a soft to medium bristle brush. However, if the dirt cannot be thoroughly brushed from the hose the hose shall be washed. If the hose has been exposed to hazardous materials, it shall be decontaminated by the method(s) approved for the contaminate. Covered (nitrile, rubber) hose shall be permitted to be wiped dry.
If the hose needs to be washed, use the following guidelines:
- Unroll the hose (avoid dragging the hose) and stretch it out in its entirety on a clean, level surface. Care must be taken not to damage to the male coupling threads. Thoroughly rinse the fire hose with clean water. Note: If several hose sections are being cleaned at the same time, lay them side to side but be sure to separate them enough to allow for proper draining.
- Fill a large bucket with mild, soapy water. The water should be ambient temperature. Using a long-handled brush with soft to medium bristles, scrub the entire length of hose.
Note: Do not use a pressure washer or pressure washer solution, as this could damage the hose.
- Carefully turn the hose over to the opposite side and thoroughly rinse the hose with clean water.
- Using a long-handled brush with soft to medium bristles, scrub the entire length of hose with mild, soapy water.
- Using a garden hose, completely rinse the soap from the hose on both sides. Avoid using a high powered pressure washer.
- Dry the hose thoroughly using the method best suited for the weather conditions and facility equipment (hose tower, hose dryer, slanted hose rack, etc.).
Note: Hose shall not be dried on hot pavements or under intense sunlight.
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