Choosing the Right Fire Tank for Your Property: Materials, Capacities, and Regulations

Fire Tanks are absolutely essential equipment in fighting fires as it provides the needed water to deter, suppress, and prevent the spread of fire in all types of properties – residential homes, stores, commercial and office buildings, industrial complex, etc.

But not all fire tanks are built using the same material and have different capacities. These types of tanks have also regulations specific to them only. Let’s learn all about them in this article.

What to Choose and Where to Place?

To decide which type of fire tank you should get, consider the following:

1. Location and space of your property

You must know the available space you have in your property regardless of what type of tank you are going to buy. Besides, it all takes up space, especially if your fire tank will be installed above the ground.

Aside from this, you will be able to know whether an above-ground water tank is suited for you or whether an underground fire tank is your only option due to the limited space you have. Whichever is the case, you have to acquire a pump or something similar to apply pressure so that the water will rush upwards.

2. Design and materials

The best measurement depends on the shape of the fire tank you are opting for. The more coverage area for fire prevention and suppression, the greater the storage capacity required to achieve the same efficiency under the same roof area.
In determining the design of your fire tank, you will also need to choose what material you will buy for the fire tank. The common materials are stainless steel and GRP water tanks.

Stainless steel and GRP tanks are versatile tanks and are being used in a lot of things. However, when it comes to fire, what you will need is a robust, lightweight, and great storage capacity. Both tanks can provide robustness but between the two, only GRP tanks can provide all three.

GRP water tanks have an advantage over other tank materials through their high strength, corrosion resistance, less maintenance, and long service life for fire suppression systems.

3. Surrounding Environment

Wind loads, seismic conditions, and roof loads are important criteria for a fire tank design. The environment affects the overall structural integrity and aesthetic finish. Aside from that, whether you choose a stainless steel or a GRP tank for your fire tank, you better secure the surrounding area so that it is not a tinder box full of dead leaves, branches, twigs, and papers because both will bend and melt if the fire reaches them.

Fire Tank Capacities

Determining the right size and storage capacity is also based on other factors such as the space within your property and location within the community.

If your property is not that spacious and placing a large fire tank will affect your plants within the area, it is better to have a small fire tank mainly for a first response against fire within your house or your business. Your location in the community is also a factor in what size should you get and whether the local firefighters can respond to fires in your area as fast as possible.

For instance, a 500-liter fire tank price is usually lower than the alternatives that are smaller in size, although this is the most common size for a GRP fire tank. Other sizes of water tanks include 1,000, 1,500, and 2,000 liters, even 10,000 to 20,000 liters, and these are usually deployed for households or establishments that are fire-vulnerable and communities where bushfires regularly occur and it will take time for the fire brigade to respond.

Keeping up with the Regulations

The Fire Protection Association Australia is the leading organization that promotes fire and life safety in Australia. The organization designs and publishes standards and conducts accreditations related to fire protection, including standards for fire tanks.

The FPA Australia covers everything that is fire protection related that is unique only to Australia. FPA Australia’s regulations and accreditations do not only cover residential or commercial establishments but also farmlands that are susceptible to bushfires during the peak summer season.
It is important that a tank inspection company is in compliance with Sydney’s local ordinances and is accredited by the Fire Protection Association Australia to ensure that your fire tanks are within the standards that are widely accepted to be safe and reliable.

Have You Decided Which Fire Tank Should You Place in Your Sydney, AU Property?

During a fire emergency, firefighters need access to large volumes of water quickly, and a fire tank can provide that water supply without relying solely on the local water mains. To ensure that your fire tank is functioning properly and is ready for an emergency, have it inspected by our tank inspection specialists in Sydney, AU.

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