Standpipe and hose systems provide means for manual application of water to fires in buildings. They do not take the place of automatic extinguishing systems which are important in large buildings.
Standpipe hose systems can be effectively used in the incipient stage (after everyone is safe and the fire department has been called), often extinguishing the fire before automatic systems can activate.
One Person Operation
Standpipe hose systems are activated and operated by one person, and do not depend on heat, smoke or flame to spread before water is applied to the fire. This manual equipment provides total reliability in case automatic systems fail.
Minimal Water Damage
Standpipe hose systems can minimize water damage since water can be applied directly at the base of the fire versus indiscriminate spray from automatic systems. Additionally, the hose systems can be turned off immediately.
Occupancy Safety & Rescue
Standpipe hose systems can be used to allow time for evacuation, protect a means of egress, or defend occupants who cannot evacuate the building.