Fire blankets are made of fire-resistant materials. Normally sited in commercial or home kitchens, they are ideal for smothering fires that have arisen from fat or oil or for wrapping around a person whose clothing is on fire. Fire blankets can be used on any small fire (who’s heat does not exceed that stated on the fire blanket) if it is deemed safe to do so, if in any doubt evacuate the premises and call the Fire Brigade. Fire Blankets can also be used as a protective measure around a person when vacating premises that are on fire.
Siting Your Fire Blanket
Whether being installed in a commercial or home environment you need to consider the following when deciding where to place your Fire Blanket. Do not position it close to the cooker, a fire can quickly get out of control and if it is too close you may find yourself unable to reach it. Position the Fire Blanket close to the exit, so if the fire does become unmanageable then you still have an escape route.
How To Use A Fire Blanket On A Cooking Oil Fire
Release the Fire Blanket by pulling sharply on the tapes at the bottom of the container. Once the fire blanket is free and if it is safe, turn off the heat source. Hold the blanket as if shielding yourself, with the blanket extended in front, if possible covering your hands. Do not throw the Blanket, gently lay it over the container that is on fire to smother the flames. Do not be tempted to use the blanket to move the pan. Leave in situ until the pan has completely cooled. If at any point you feel the fire is too big to tackle, evacuate the building and call the Fire Brigade.
How To Use A Fire Blanket On A Person
In the event a person’s clothing is on fire, release the Fire Blanket by tugging sharply on the tabs. Wrap the blanket around your hands and hold slightly extended from your own body. Wrap the blanket around the person and get them to lay on the floor. To enable swift suffocation of the fire and to ensure embers do not reignite, get the person to roll over on the floor until you are sure the fire is out. Once the immediate danger has passed seek immediate medical attention even if the burns appear minor.
Fire Blankets are only designed to be used once. After use, dispose of the blanket in the most suitable manner, there should be instructions on disposal included on the Fire Blanket label. Replace the blanket at your earliest convenience.
Contrary to popular belief unused Fire Blankets do not last forever. The general advice is to replace Fire Blankets after 7 years of commissioning or as specified on the Blanket container. In commercial or public premises it is recommended that your Fire Blanket is serviced annually and checked for tampering on a regular basis.
If you have any questions regarding the siting and use of Fire Blankets you can contact us on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected]
Until Next Time… Stay Safe