Fire blankets extinguish small fires in their initial stages and are used when fires cannot be easily extinguished. These blankets are highly flame resistant, affordable and easy to store. They are used for small household or workplace fires or when a person’s clothes catch fire.
People can escape fires and protect themselves against the flames by wrapping the blanket around their bodies especially when exiting a building that is on fire. Fire blankets can be used easily and require no former training. These blankets are an important addition to safety kits at home and the workplace. They should be store in areas that are accessible and near places that are likely to catch on fire. While fire blankets are appropriate for small fires, they can prevent fires from escalating. It is important to protect hands from the heat while a fire blanket is applied.
Fire blankets have many benefits and can be used for various fire emergencies. However before using a fire blanket, make sure it is safe to stop the fire.
1. Kitchen fires
Fire blankets are essential fire protection equipment for kitchens. These types of fire blankets are classified as light duty blankets intended for kitchens to stop small cooking or microwaves fires. Using a fire blanket to tackle a pan fire is the safest way to put out the fire. Avoid throwing the fire blanket over the fire as there is a chance of missing the main area of the fire. It can also be difficult to retrieve the fire blanket after the miss. Once you have accurately placed the fire blanket over the flames, leave it on for an hour or two to avoid re-ignition. When storing unused fire blankets, place the fire blanket away from the stove and near the doorway of the kitchen for easy access.
2. Clothes on fire
A fire blanket can protect a person from a fire. Even when clothes catch on fire, the fire blanket can stop the fire when the person is covered with the blanket and rolled on the ground. Soon after, ensure the victim is treated with medical assistance. The fire-resistant blankets wrapped around the person minimizes the heat, potential burns and injury.
3. Exiting a building or room on fire
The fire blanket is the best way to protect the person’s body and hair against flames when exiting a room or building on fire. They should immediately wrap the fire blanket when exiting the facility. Fire blankets should never be used to enter the facility on fire, and only be used to exit and stifle small fires.
4. Electrical fires
Certain types of fire blankets are versatile for any types of fires including fire caused by poor wiring and overheated cords.
Although most organizations are equipped with all the appropriate fire safety equipment including fire extinguishers, it is recommended to include a fire blanket as part of the safety kit. A fire blanket can stifle small fires and prevent the fire from getting out of hand. Fire blankets are recommended for small fires, but not big uncontrollable fires which require a fire extinguisher or the fire brigade. Also, one blanket is not enough for the office. It is recommended to keep a supply of fire blankets to help with extinguishing small fires.
6. Vehicle accidents
While it is recommended to carry a small fire extinguisher, having a large format fire blanket can quickly smother small fires and prevent the fire from reaching the gas tank.
7. Industrial and laboratory applications
High temperature resistant fabric made of retardant material such as fiberglass can help to extinguish fires at industry and laboratory facilities. These blankets are larger in size and categorized as heavy-duty blankets.