The text on this page is an excerpt from the manual for the Reliable Fire Products fire hose tester.  Testing to the correct pressure is essential.  Too much pressure on low rated hose will obviously result in problems but, not testing to a high enough pressure can result in unexpected failures at the worst possible times.  Please read this section carefully.

Under Pressure

Fire hose should be tested as set forth in NFPA Pamphlet 1962, Standard for the Care, Use, and Service testing of Fire Hose Including Couplings and Nozzles, latest edition. Copies of this document can be obtained from NFPA by calling (617)770-3000 or by visiting their website at http://www.nfpa.org.  It is strongly suggested that anyone testing fire hose obtain a copy and read it thoroughly.  The standards have been produced and honed for years by manufacturers, firefighters, insuring agencies and other experts on the subject.

NFPA recommends that hose manufactured prior to July 1987 be removed from service.

All new hose should be tested to the service test pressure indicated in its marking before being put into service.  Attack hose, supply hose, and booster hose should be tested annually after being put into service.

Hose that has been repaired should be tested prior to returning it to service.

Booster hose should be tested to 110 percent of its maximum working pressure.  If no maximum working pressure is indicated on the hose then it should be tested to 110 percent of the highest pressure it will ever get used at.

Supply hose should be tested to a minimum of 200 psi.

Attack hose should be tested to a minimum of 300 psi.

Occupant-use hose should be tested o the service test pressure as marked within 5 years of the date of manufacture  and every three years thereafter.  Additionally, it should be service tested after each use.

Under no circumstances should any hose be subjected to is rated proof test pressure except by the manufacturer.



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