When it comes to just about any types of safety equipment, ensuring that you operate it safely and effectively means knowing how to use the device or appliance properly. People aren’t exactly born with this knowledge, however, which is why many of the suppliers of this equipment, offer on-site training to those who use their products.
When using fire pumps, the importance of operating the equipment properly becomes all the more pronounced, since the condition of the premises, equipment, materials and human lives might be at stake. To help ensure that you are doing things correctly, here are some of the most commonly committed mistakes when operating fire pumps.
Do you Know Enough about the Engine?
To begin with, everybody using the fire-pump, and even those who are working closely to it, should have no small amount of pre-requisite training to ensure that they are not only using it properly, but safely as well.
This will ensure two important things. Firstly, that the equipment will be kept in ideal condition for an extended period of time, and secondly, that it will always be used under the safest conditions.
Besides knowing the ins-and-outs of pumps and their safe usage, operators should also be familiar with their particular brand and model, specifically what type of engine it is; which will allow you to take full advantage of its functionality.
Are You Pumping at the Correct Pressure?
Regardless of the quality and ability of the nozzle you are using for your fire pump, it will need adequate water-flow to operate correctly. Getting this right requires the operator to know the requirements and abilities of their pump. Flow is the main factor determining whether your equipment will adequately control the fire or not. Remember that the minimum required flow is around 150 gallons per minute, but can also range from between 350 gpm and 1000 gpm.
Are You Maintaining and Inspecting Equipment Regularly Enough?
Ensuring that your equipment is always up to the given task is also an important operational procedure, and as such, should be regularly inspected and maintained to ensure that it is in top condition. Having said this, fire pumps should be inspected at least annually, as well as before and after each operation.
Contact Amakosi Pumps to Learn More?
To find out more about sourcing specialized on-site training on the use of fire pumps, be sure to contact a representative from Amakosi Fire Pumps today, or visit our website to find out more about our other offers.