Fire Hose Testing

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Hose Testing Fact Sheet

  • Hose testing standards are covered by NFPA 1962
  • Per the standard all hose is to be tested at least annually
  • Per the standard even if hose has never been used but, is more than one year old, the hose must be tested prior to use
  • Any hose manufactured prior to July of 1987 must be removed from service
  • Hose should be tested to the manufacturer’s suggested pressure, this pressure may very based upon the manufacturer
  • All 4” and 5” non-threaded supply hose must have locking couplings
  • The test will be performed in the following sequence:
    • Physical inspection- looking for mildew, rot, cuts, burns, abrasion
    • Linear inspection- hose inspected at each end to verify no delamination or separation
    • Physical test
      • Line charged to 45 + or – 5 psi and air bled
      • Couplings marked whole diameter of hose
      • Hose charged to manufacturer’s suggested pressure
      • Hose is allowed 1 min to stabilize pressure
      • Visual inspections are performed looking for leaks or coupling movements
      • Hose remained charged for at least 3 mins
      • Hose is drained rolled and repacked
  • NFPA allows for a maximum test length of 300 ft.
  • Any hoses that are found during testing process must be marked in the area of defect
  • Any hoses which cannot be repaired should have both couplings removed and marked as out of service