Hand-held branchpipes are intended for fire service use with water only as the intended media. The hand-held branchpipes have a combination of components that connect to a water supply via a hose and coupling and projects water according to the operators requirements. A hand-held branchpipe is comprised of at least the following components: fitting system; gripping device; open and shut-off device, one or more jet/spray system(s) and a flow adjustment system (if applicable).
Branchpipes are defined in accordance with EN 15182-1 Annex A and using the spray types defined by Annex C.
The hand-held branchpipes shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions for use and maintenance.
This section lists products approved in accordance with:
EN 15182-1 Hand-held branchpipes for fire service use – Part 1: Common requirements
EN 15182-2 Hand-held branchpipes for fire service use – Part 2: Combination branchpipes PN16
EN 15182-3 Hand-held branchpipes for fire service use – Part 3: Smooth bore jet and/or one fixed spray jet angle branchpipes PN16
EN 15182-4 Hand-held branchpipes for fire service use – Part 4: High pressure branchpipes PN40
The standards do not apply to branchpipes covered by EN 671, foam branchpipes, powder branchpipes or branchpipes with a maximum working pressure above 40 bar.
Branchpipes covered by EN 15182-3 offer no or inadequate protection for firefighters when the spray angle is less than 30ᵒ and therefore, should not be used in high risk firefighting situations such as internal attack. They should also not be used when fighting fire in or near electrical installations when the spray angle is less than 30ᵒ without written authorisation from the manufacturer in the manual. This authorisation from the manufacturer should include safety distances.
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