TO AVOID FREEZINQ OF FIRE APPARATUS.
As the season approaches which causes the freezing of fire apparatus it may not be out of place to print the following timely suggestions with reference to the care of such apparatus which have just been issued by the Fire Association of Hartford, Conn., to its members:
Examine tanks and all pipes, fittings and valves, whether for steam heating, general water service, or fire protection. See that none are frozen, or have been frozen, and that they are all in operative condition, and, where there is any liability of freezing, arrange the necessary protection.
See that all valves are open that shoujd be open, and try water-outlets to ascertain if all pipes are free and ready for service.
See that extra sprinklers are on hand, in case of need, to replace frozen or melted heads.
Be sure that your engineer is fully posted as to the purpose and intention of every valve and pipe.
Try your pumps, and see that they are in proper working order.
Test all of the hydrants and indicator-posts, and see that they drain properly.
Instruct the night watchman thoroughly in the use of all fire apparatus and the operation of all valves.
Examine the end of suction-pipe to see that leaves or other refuse matter have not clogged up the holes in the strainer. We have had cases reported by our inspectors where the capacity of the pump has been greatly reduced by tins means.
We take this occasion to call vottr attention to the liability of freezing of water in casks and pails in cold buildings, and suggest that yon take’ measures of prevention, at the same time avoid. > ing danger of water damage.
Chemical extinguishers should lie emptied and recharged to insure their being in perfect working , order.