The Importance of Properly Coiling The Hose on Your Wheeled Extinguisher
Anyone who has wrangled with a tangled garden hose knows that an unproperly stored hose can create kinks that make it difficult for the water the flow. The same is true with the hose on a wheeled fire extinguisher. If the hose is not properly coiled on your wheeled extinguisher, it can make it difficult to unwind or block the flow of the agent. And when you are facing a large scale fire such as at an airport, industrial operation, refinery, or other location, you need to act fast to spray the extinguishing agent on the fire.
Amerex wheeled fire extinguishers leave the plant with perfectly coiled hoses under the supervision of Carol Buckner, who has spent 25 of her 32 years at Amerex overseeing this process. There may be several reasons that the wheeled extinguisher hose will become uncoiled over the lifetime of the product. For one, there is the need for an annual inspection, where it is important to disconnect the hose from the agent cylinder to check the hose and hose gaskets for damage or deterioration.
A Lesson with the Expert
Carol offers a step-by-step guide and shares her tips and secrets from the years she has spent perfecting and teaching this process. Follow the video to see exactly how she completes the process from start to finish.
When Carol first learned how to coil the hose, it took her about a week of non-stop practice to perfect this process. She tells the members of her team to expect the same. Carol says the first thing that you want to do is lean the unit back and then make sure that the hose is laid out straight in the direction where you want it to go.
“The biggest mistake I see people make,” says Carol. “Is getting the hose to roll in the right direction and not reversing the loop.” She says that once you begin the roll properly, you’ll feel it and the rest of the process will continue smoothly. Many times people put that initial roll up incorrectly because they get in a hurry and don't take the time to think it through.
She also suggests practicing on a 50 lb. wheeled extinguisher to start until you get the hang of the process. These smaller extinguishers are easier to work with and will allow you to get the hang of it before moving on to the bigger extinguisher.
Depending on the size of the wheeled extinguisher, Carol can usually coil the hose in about two to three minutes. Someone with less experience can expect to spend about 10 to 15 minutes to complete the process.
The ultimate secret to success with the hose coiling process? It comes down to time and lots and lots of practice.
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