Hose reel & its types

By | December 5, 2020

Hose reel:

The hose reel needs tube secured tow all or post using the mounting bracket or to the ground (using the Ground Driller Mounting). A Hose Reel is a cylindrical spindle made of either metal, fiber glass, or plastic and is used for storing a hose.

The most common styles of hose reels are spring driven (which is self retracting), hand crank, or motor driven. Hose reels are categorized by the diameter and length of the hose they hold, the pressure rating and the rewind method. Hose reels can either be fixed in a permanent location, or portable and attached to a truck, trailer, or cart.

On a Wall or Post:

When securing the hose reel to a wall or a post, mount it with in reaching distance of the tap for the short hose reel to tap connection) and ensure that there is sufficient room to allow the reel topivot180°.

Care and Maintenance:

This hose reel contains a high quality hose that has been rigorously pressure tested by Hose link.

  • The hose reels are fitted in locations where a large amount of controlled water is required to tackle a fire such as warehouses, schools, and large office blocks. Used by trained personnel and maintained in proper condition, they provide a very effective fire fighting facility.
  • Fixed and swinging hose reel are available in both manual and automatic versions. Hoses are available in both 19mm and 25mm diameter and are fitted with a controllable nozzle enabling the operator to supply a controlled spray or jet of water on to the fire. Fully extended, the hose has a reach of 30 metres.

Fire Hose reels:

A fire hose reel is a fixed installation permanently connected to a water supply and designed to approved standard to facilitate the quick withdrawal of the hose in any direction for rapid first aid fire fighting measures. Hose reels shall be designed, installed and maintained in accordance with the requirement given below.

Provision and Siting:

One hose reel should be provided to cover every (800) m2 of floor space or part thereof. Hose reels should be sited in prominent and accessible positions at each floor level adjacent to exits in corridors on exit routes, in such a way that the nozzle of the hose can be taken into every room and within six meters of each part of a room, having regard to any obstruction.

Where heavy furniture or equipment may be introduced into room, the hose and nozzle should be capable additionally of directing a jet into the back of nay recess formed, In exceptional circumstances consideration may also be needed as to the desirability of sting hose reels in such a way that if a fire prevents access to one site, the fire can be attacked from another hose reel in the vicinity.

Installation of hose reels:

Hose reels in recesses:

Preferably hose reels should be installed in recesses so that they do not form obstructions on a route of escape. The details of installation will vary considerably owing to the wide variation of types of hose reel and their size. A typical example of an installation of a fixed A fixed hose reel hose reel as below.

Recess doors:

Any doors provided for hose reel recesses should be so hinged that they open approximately (180) so as not to offer any obstruction to the hose being run out in either direction the doors should not normally be fitted with locks.

Hose reels in open areas:

When installed on open floor areas it may be necessary to position hose reels above head height, but in these cases the nozzle retainer, the hose guide and the inlet valve should be fitted at provide an anti-over run device to prevent the hose from becoming entangled when run out.

Importance of firm fixing:

Hose reel brackets should be firmly fixed to the wall so that casual knocks received during normal use of the building and the stresses incurred during use of fire-fighting will not prevent the unimpeded use of the hose reel.

Types of Hose Reels:

Fixed hose reel:

A hose reel mounted on a wall or in a recess with its axis at right angles to the plane of the wall. If mounted in a recess a hose guide or stirrup shall be provided to enable the hose to be guided in any direction (an example of a wall mounted hose reel. Horizontal hose reel: Recess hose reels A hose reelon brackets which may be mounted on a wall or on a floor with its axis horizontal. A hose reel designed to be mounted on a flush wall and which is capable of being swung wough an arc of approximately (180) in a horizontal plane.

Swinging arm hose reel:

A hose reels designed specifically for mounting in a recess and which is capable of being puled out of the recess to a limited extent in a horizontal plane or which is capable of being swung out the recess through an arc of approximately (180) in a horizontal plane.

Recess hose reels:

A hose reels designed specifically for mounting in a recess and which is capable of being pulled out of the recess to a limited extent in a horizontal plane or which is capable of being swung out the recess through an arc of approximately (180) in a horizontal plane.

Sizes of Complete Assembly of Hose Reels:

The overall sizes of the complete assembly of the typical hose reels shown in Table 1. Overall size of different types of hose reels.


Type Refer to figure Dimension A DimensionB Dimension C
Fixed (outside recess) 3 560 800 360
Fixed (in recess) 3 560 800 360
Swinging Arm 4 730 660 430
Recess 5 640 660 390
Horizontal 6 600 555 545
  • The differing space requirement for fixed hose reels located inside and outside recesses the coordinating spaces for all types, the preferred height of fixing above the floor and other information dealing with the installation of hose reels in buildings is given in figures (1 and 2).
  • The complete assembly of the typical hose reel include the following parts.
  • The reel and valve.
  • The hanging loop of hose.
  • The guide or necessary space for proper withdrawal of the hosed) the component case (if any).

Material and Workmanship:

  • Hose reel components, other than inlet valves, shall be made only from the following materials:
  • Copper alloys: copper alloy suitable for the method of manufacture employed.
  • Aluminium alloys: Aluminium alloys complying with the requirements of the series (BS 1470 to BS 1474).
  • Cast iron: Cast iron complying with the requirements of BS (1452) but with minimum tensile strength not less than that specified for grade (14).
  • Steel: Steel shall comply with the requirement of (BS 970/Part 1 or BS 970/Part 4).
  • All components subject to external corrosion shall be suitably treated to resist corrosion.
  • All external parts shall be thoroughly cleaned and painted except where non-ferrous parts, red as standards approved by the General Directorate of Civil Defence.
  • Every reel and valve shall be tested by the manufacturer before delivery. It shall be subject to the standard test.
  • Every subassembly constructed and successfully tested in conformity with the requirements in item.