Being an Aussie means you’re no stranger to what summer heat really means. Considering it’s March already, summer is still here to stay for some days. I know many of you are already waiting for autumn and winter to arrive, having in mind January was the hottest month for Sydney since decades and decades ago (1859 to be exact) and it’s no surprise scientists call this the angry summer so if you thought we’ve witnessed some extreme summer months you’re not the only one. However, despite all this unbearable heat that we’ve experienced, I still proudly say I’m more of a summer person.
Having the chance to go on outdoor adventures as much as one wants, enjoying some summer fun in the sun at the beach be it sunbathing, swimming or doing water sports (or making sandcastles) while drinking refreshing cocktails surely is the ideal for many when they think of rest and relaxation in these scorching days. And yet, fun isn’t all there is to it as we’re too familiar with the danger of fires. A situation a friend of mine recently went through has made me think we could all do with having a fire fighting hose at home in case of an emergency.
Being faced with the threat of losing all of the property, or worse, having the lives of loved ones at risk, is certainly not on anyone’s agenda, but one can never predict when an accident might happen so it’s best to always be prepared – prevention is the key. Since I don’t have all the time in the world to make every mistake there is to make, I figured it’s best I learn them from those of people around me. As it turned, had my friend installed a fire fighting hose on the swimming pool plumbing, the fire would have been extinguished easier and faster. Learning through her dreadful experience, I decided not to waste time right after the whole accident had been taken care of, and got a hose installed.
Now that pools are in constant use, they’re always ready full of water in case of an emergency and the best thing about installing hose systems on them is the cut on costs and reliability. You don’t necessarily have to buy a new pump because it can be powered by your swimming pool’s motor. I’d advise on the use of hoses that are made for extreme fires, the ones used by fire brigades in forestry fire fighting, since they’re made of durable materials that are mildew resistant that prolongs their lifespan, are lightweight and quick to deploy, plus they don’t require maintenance as they can be stored wet, so it’s really money well spent and there’s no putting a price on safety.
During days of scorching weather, not much is needed for fire to ensue if we’re even just a bit careless so it’s always better to be prepared beforehand.