FIRE HOSE DAMAGED BY ACID.
The care of fire hose is a matter that the chief engineer of every well-managed fire department is constantly watching and to which he gives his close attention. Now and then, however, by accident or through the carelessness of persons to whom this duty is assigned, in handling acid carboys or acid charges in close proximity to fire hose, a small quantity may be thrown on the fabric-jacket and ruin several hundred feet of high-grade and expensive hose as it lies coiled up in the fire station, or when chemical engines are being recharged at fires. These accidental occurrences are not always noticed, until, at the next succeeding fire, the hose, to all intents and purposes, appears to be defective, and, in some instances, is returned to reputable and reliable manufacturers. with the complaint that it has not stood the test of wear guaranteed, and a request that the defective goods be replaced. These demands, of course, are made in good faith and in ignorance of the true cause that put the hose to the bad. A little care in handling acids will entirely prevent the foregoing trouble. Sometimes, however, this may occur at fires in buildings where chemicals are manufactured or stored, and vessels containing acids are broken, and the acid mingles with the wastewater and saturates the hose-lines which have been run into the burning building.