Fire Fighting Swimming Pool
Something else you can do with a Swimming Pool :
This is an idea I've been playing with for a little while. I've experienced a brush fire near my home and it gets pretty intense. With grassfires threatening homes in the Western states and soon enough again in Central Florida, it's not something anybody should face without a plan. So here the procedure, for Free and if it saves one home it is well worth sharing.
Fire Marshals recommend that when you are faced with a fire in the home that you escape with your family and pets, call 911, stand to one side and tremble until help arrives. Most things are replaceable, lives are not.
But when you have some warning, like when a brush fire approaches that you can mount an effective defense. When a forest fire comes at your home or before the fire brigade arrives, you have the option to stand and fight.
(photo, right) You can arm yourself with a dribbling garden hose. A 1/2" hose delivers about 5 gallons a minute. With a spray nozzle, you can get a small stream of water out 20 or 25 feet.
(photo, left) Or, if you own a swimming pool with a few, essential modifications to the piping and a tough, flexible hose and turbo nozzle (all specified below), attack that fire with some serious fire-power. Standard swimming pool equipment delivers 60 gallons a minute, the equivalent of a dozen garden hoses and you can knock down fire 40 feet high in the trees.
Unfurl the hose, open the valve and turn on the pump. The average 16,000 gallon home pool backs you with over four hours of serious firefighting potential.
There are some serious issues that are generally easy to solve. You must have access to water, the more the better. With working valves, you can draw all water out through the main drain. For pools without a main drain, you can thread a barbed hose adaptor into the vacuum fitting and use your vacuum hose and vacuum head placed at the deepest part of the pool to get at all the water.
You get the best pressure by tapping into the return line before it enters the filter. With a cartridge, tap into the return line just above the pump with a 'T' and ball valve. With Sand and DE filters, simply place a male adaptor on the end of the waste pipe.
The equipment list includes :
Remember that pool equipment is generally positioned in or near the back yard, so a 50' hose may be adequate to reach any approaching grass fire.
And lastly, anytime you drain a pool there is the chance of popping it. While losing a pool might seem well worth saving the house, saving both the house and pool is an even better idea.There are ways to determine how much water can safely be removed from your pool without 'popping' it. See: Don't Pop Dat Pool to safely drain your pool.
If you run into any problems, e-mail me and we'll get it working together.
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