A fire hose reel helps extinguish fire – not the small fire blazes that can be taken care of by traditional garden hoses or fire extinguishers, but the large fire breakouts that are hard to control without professional help. Well-designed fire hose reels use pressurised water to enable accessing flames without getting too close to the fire. The quantity of water dispersed not just helps control the flames but also prevents the fire from spreading.
Fire hose reels aren’t ideal for all fire-fighting situations. If you’re considering buying one, it’s crucial that you know everything about the tool. Little or partial knowledge could be dangerous.
Compared to other fire-fighting tools, a fire hose reel delivers good amount of water. This is why you see such hoses only in the hands of professionals such as fire fighters who deal with extinguishing fire in industrial and commercial buildings.
That said, fire hose reels aren’t ideal for all large fires. For example, water must not be used for putting out fires in places where there are burning liquids or live electrical equipment. This is because electricity and water do not mix. Upon contact with water, the live electrical equipment may short. Similarly, burning liquids may spread when treated to water, making the fire even worse. Generally, hose reels are ideal for fires that involve textiles, paper, rubber, wood, and most plastics.
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