What to Look for When Choosing a Fire Fighting Pump
Sadly, fighting fires is becoming more common. Two thousand homes have been destroyed in the recent bush fires raging across Australia. Having fire fighting pumps on a property can help save a home or building.
Choosing the best kind of fire pump can make all the difference. There are many things to consider. It’s always best to know what conditions you might encounter. The right fire fighting pump will give your building a head start when fires get too close for comfort.
If you choose to stay at home and fight the fires, you need a fire fighting pump. It’s as simple as that. You’ll need to choose a pump that meets flow and pressure requirements, government standards, and can handle other purposes as well as fire fighting.
To make sure you have all the information you need, here’s what to look for when choosing a fire fighting pump.
Determining Your Fire Fighting Pump Needs
The most important thing you need to do when considering a fire fighting pump is to work out what your needs are. You need to consider the conditions your pump will work under. You’ll want to make sure you understand any state and government regulations. Make sure you’re aware of the water supply situation. You’ll need to know how much water flow and water pressure you’re likely to need, too.
Conditions and Regulations
The local conditions are one of the biggest factors to keep in mind. Are wildfires a regular occurrence where you live? Do some research on the weather and environment in which you live.
Standards Australia has specific regulations for water storage to follow for your fire pump needs. There’s also a handy checklist produced by the Pump Industry Association and the Fire Protection Association Australia you can use to make sure you’re complying with all the rules.
Knowing about the water supply in your area is also important. It won’t matter what kind of pump you install if the water supply is going to limit the amount of water coming through the system and into your pump.
If there are no bodies of water to tap into and you’re using a community hydrant system you should determine what the supply is through that hydrant to that you get the right-sized pump.
You may have enough water supply and flow, but your pump also needs enough pressure in the system to push the water through to quench the fire. That’s where your pump comes in, of course. A good fire-fighting pump will make sure you can reach the fire itself.
Planning ahead and knowing what you need will ensure you get the right kind of fire fighting pump. Following the guidelines above means, you won’t be fighting a fire in the future and wishing you had a different kind of pump.
Different Types of Fire Fighting Pumps
Once you have assessed the conditions and you understand the requirements, you’ll be ready to think about the technical aspects of your fire fighting pump. The three main things on your checklist will be size, power, and quality. Each aspect is important to consider and all three need to match your needs.
Size and Power
Size doesn’t just refer to the actual capacity of the pump. The hose you use also needs to be the right size. If your hose doesn’t match your pump capacity you’re limiting the potential of your pump.
The power source for your pump is also a decision you’ll need to make. General water pumps are mains powered, but having a backup power source is crucial in case the electricity is affected by the fire. Diesel and petrol are your two main options for a fire fighting pump.
Mobile Fire Pump
If you’re planning for the fire seasons and live in a fire prone area then you should consider putting in a water tank that you don’t tap into for drinking. This tank should have the appropriate fitting if the fire brigade ever need to connect to it, and it also give you a water source- as fire often occurs in drought.
A mobile fire fighting pump isn’t as powerful as a fixed one, but for most private homes it’s likely to be the option you choose.
You’ve determined the conditions and the type of pump you need, so you’re most of the way there. But there’s a couple more things to put on your checklist before putting down hard cash.
Other Things to Consider
Your budget will also determine the kind of fire fighting pump you choose. What is the landscape like? You might need a pump that is more powerful to move water up slopes.
It’s hard to predict the future, of course, but thinking about it upfront will at least mean you’re prepared.
There’s lots to contemplate, but you’ve got the information you need. Put all the items above into your decision on which fire fighting pump to install.
Build Your Next Home with a Fire Fighting Pump
None of us wants to have to fight a fire at our home. Still, it’s a necessity, especially if you live in an area where wildfires are common. Even if you don’t think you’re at immediate risk, if you’re building a new home or renovating your current one, having a fire plan is smart.
Little things like cleaning your gutters, roofs and down pipes from leaves and debris. Many experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year– once in the late spring and once in the late summer/early Autumn.
Mowing your lawn regularly and cutting down any overhanging branches from near your house. And don’t forget to prune nearby shrubs.
At Canberra Diamond Blade Suppliers, we can help you find the best pump for your needs. We have access to a wide inventory and different dealers. We want to help you prepare for the worst so that if it happens you have less to worry about.
Also don’t forget a few things like keeping your car filled with fuel during fire season. You don’t want to be stranded with an empty car and no way to leave. Make sure you have personal protective equipment like eyewear and masks and non-flammable clothing.
We’re based in Canberra but we deliver to the whole of Australia. Check out our fire fighting pumps online or stop into our showroom. For the best in personal service, contact us to get a recommendation today.