Fire Hose Care “Dos & Don’ts


  • After shutting off dumps & hydrants but before breaking loose any couplings, remove any normal twisting that occurs when hose is pressurized
  • Completely drain hose of water
  • Drag hose along its flat surface - abrasion distributed over a larger surface area
  • Reload only thoroughly dried hose
  • Load hose by laying it flat
  • Lay hose in hose bed by laying in alternating layers
    • prevents chafing of the hose in the hose bed
    • prevents folds from contacting roadway surfaces on deployment
  • Thoroughly drain & dry hose before storing
  • Walk at least 15 feet to the left side (facing the free end) of a hoseline being tested
  • Remove & reload hose in hose bed every six months
    • folds occur in different locations along the hose
    • prevents localized wear
    • allows visual inspection of hose
  • Roll hose with male coupling inside roll to protect threads
    • if male coupling must be on outside, use a protective cap over threads
  • Use hose bridge whenever necessary for vehicles to drive over any charged or uncharged fire hose
  • Open & close valves slowly on Large Diameter Hose (LDH)


  • Do not - drag hose along edge or fold – concentrates abrasion on outer jacket in the folded area
  • Do not - drag hose with water in line – causes premature hose wear
    • remember that water weighs approximately 8.3 pounds per gallon
  • Do not - drag hose that is kinked over itself – concentrates & accelerates abrasion damage
  • Do not - lay hose on edge with folds in contact with the hose bed
  • Do not - use a pressure washer to clean fire hose
  • Do not - drive over a charged or uncharged fire hose without the use of a hose bridge
  • Do not - walk on the right side (facing free end) or straddle fire hose being pressure tested
  • Do not - store fire hose wrapped in plastic material or bags
  • Do not - store fire hose with stretch wrap or any air-tight environment
  • Do not - store hose in direct sunlight or in poorly-ventilated areas

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