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Fire hydrant systems and fire hose reels are a common sight in the underground car parks, basements or on the ground floors of many inner city buildings in Melbourne today. In the event of a fire, a fire hydrant allows the fire brigade, relevant authorities or personnel to access a water distribution system to help combat the blaze.
When used promptly and correctly, fire hydrant system in Melbourne can drastically reduce the likelihood of excess property damage due to Class A carbonaceous fire emergencies, these being fires caused by solid combustible materials containing carbon such as wood and paper over chemical fires. These generally cannot be extinguished with water and may require other fire safety measures like foam fire sprinkler systems.
If you’re looking to schedule a fire hydrant system inspection or routine maintenance for an existing system, simply call our Alexon fire safety technicians on 1300 001 004.
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Fire hydrants in Melbourne are an integral component of your building’s Essential Safety Measures (or ESMs). The Building Code of Australia stipulates that all commercial, industrial, and residential buildings with floor plans larger than 500 square metres must be fitted with an on-site fire hydrant system alongside other necessary ESMs like fire or smoke alarms.
In order for a fire hydrant system to be an effective safety measure in the event of a fire, your hydrant should be installed in an easily accessible location. Fire hose reels should also be installed in proximity to hydrants to ensure that water can be accessed instantly, as fire hydrant systems are useful for combating fires within a distance of 4 metres, just as fire extinguishers can be effective over a distance of 2 metres. Fire hose reels must also be positioned in a central location to ensure they’re easily accessible in the event of a fire-related emergency. We help inspect your property and ensure the safety of its occupants.
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Fire hydrant flow tests are conducted to determine the smooth operation of your fire hydrant system. As per Australian Standard 2419.1-2005, fire hydrants should have a residual (or flowing) pressure of 150- 200 kPa and a flow of 10l/s. If your flow tests reveal that your water distribution system boasts a higher or lower water pressure, your fire hydrant booster will require expert servicing in the form of a booster overhaul. Conducting routine flow tests is imperative to ensuring that your fire hydrant system stays compliant with AS2419.1-2005.
Hydrostatic pressure tests form another component of your fire hydrant testing. Unlike flow tests that are conducted to test the water pressure itself, hydrostatic pressure tests focus more on measuring the capability of your fire hydrant system to facilitate increases in water pressure. Hydrostatic pressure tests are effectively conducted by deliberately putting your fire hydrant system under duress, namely by filling your fire hydrant system with water and removing all the air in order to push the system to 1.5 times its maximum pressure limit. Once your fire hydrant system has been placed under duress, your fire safety technicians can then proceed to inspect the system for any potential faults such as corrosion, leakages, cracks, or other superficial signs of damage that become exacerbated by the hydrostatic pressure test.
According to Australian Standard 1851, fire hydrants in Melbourne should be inspected once every six months, with hydrant flow tests ideally conducted once every five years or whenever deemed necessary by your building’s fire safety manager and other relevant authorities. If you believe that your fire hydrant system is due for a routine inspection, book your next fire hydrant or hydrant pump servicing appointment with Alexon today.
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With over 20 years of experience handling fire hydrant testing jobs across Melbourne, our team at Alexon are equipped with all the necessary equipment and expertise to handle not only your fire hydrant inspection but also its required routine testing.
When you call Alexon, you can be rest assured that only the most qualified fire safety technicians will be handling your fire hydrant testing and testing services. Our fire safety specialists have worked tirelessly to ensure that they handle each and every callout with the utmost care and attention to detail, drastically reducing the risks of your fire hydrant and hydrant pumps accruing damage due to mishandling when conducting delicate inspection processes like hydrostatic pressure tests.
Want to organise the testing of your fire hydrant system in Melbourne? Contact us today at 1300 001 004 to inquire about our fire hydrant services or any of the other ESMs we provide installation and inspection services for, ranging from extinguishers with the relevant classifications for your property and its risk assessment, to in-depth reporting and fire safety certification for more technical exit lighting and fire indicator panels.
Fire hydrants are a necessary aspect to any fire protection system as it provides firefighters with access to a reliable source of water during any fire emergency.
A hydrant flow test is a procedure that helps measure the water flow and pressure from a fire hydrant. Regular testing helps ensure that the fire hydrant is working properly to avoid any issues in the event of an emergency. The property owner is responsible for organising these testings, which should be completed at least every 6 months.
In Australia, the top cover of fire hydrants must be painted in a non-reflective signal red colour. The hydrant may also be painted lilac when the hydrant is installed on a non-drinking water main.
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