For the past few days I have been working away from home. How I love the hotel life – not! I do try to save money so a Travelodge was the option for the few nights away. After checking in and finding my room, the first thing that I did was check the dates on the PAT test labels …
PAT Testing And Fire Blankets
Most of the appliances had been recently tested, except the most important piece of kit – the kettle. Now I have a dilemma. Should I go to reception and ask for another or just spend a few minutes checking that the appliance was visually safe? After all, in most cases, a visual inspection of an appliance would determine if it was safe to use. I chose the latter, filled it up and switched it on. I needed a cuppa!
Then I spent a few minutes unpacking and had the obligatory scan through the channels to see what was on offer. According to the card, there was a massive 18 channels to choose from! 10 TV and 8 radio stations. But did I really care, I was going to be on site for a number of hours every day. The other thing that I did when I got to my room was check out the ‘in the event of a fire’ instructions. Nothing worse – or dangerous – than being somewhere strange and not aware of the emergency exits.
While working on the site, there were a number of things that were noted as points of concern including broken sockets – still being used – and, of course, appliances that did not even pass the visual inspection! But one thing always stood out and is something that I will never, ever understand. Why would there not be a fire blanket in the kitchen? After all, toasters and cookers could always pose a fire risk.The site that I was working at is responsible for testing food and water. I have to admit, the smell in some of the labs was a little concerning; something that I guess I will never be able to explain other than to use the word “Yuuuuuck!” Some of the areas that I had to test were horrendous! Full of samples, all being stored in rooms in temperatures of over 35 degrees. It was like going into a sauna but with the smell of decomposing garbage.
I wonder how many people do not have a fire blanket in their kitchen? It’s something that could save their property or, more importantly, a life!
It is VITAL that you know the correct way of using a Fire Blanket should you ever have to do so in an emergency at work or at home.So what is a Fire Blanket? It’s a highly flame-resistant blanket that can be used to either extinguish a small fire or to wrap around a person who is already on fire. They are made from 2 layers of woven glass fibre fabric and an inner layer of fire retardant film. They work by cutting off the oxygen supply (oxygen is one of the three elements that a fire needs to burn) and smothering the fire.
Firstly and most importantly, turn off the gas or electricity supply.
Remove the fire blanket from its container and hold it by the fabric straps.
To prevent burns on the hands and arms, make sure you wrap the top edges of the blanket around your hands to protect them.
Roll up your sleeves so they do not catch in the flames.
Carefully cover the flames with the fire blanket, making sure that you cover the whole area so that you can effectively cut off the airflow and extinguish the flames.
However, If the fire is larger than the blanket, do not attempt to put it out. GET OUT and call the fire brigade immediately!
Ensure that everyone knows where the fire blanket is stored and knows how to remove the blanket from its canister should you ever need it. It is also recommended that an identification sign is displayed alongside the blanket.Do not touch the fire blanket, or anything underneath it, for at least an hour since the fire was extinguished. Fire blankets can also be used when exiting a burning building, wrap it around yourself for added protection if there are flames between you and the exit.
Do you need to talk to someone about fire extinguishers, fire blankets or other safety related issues for your home or premises? Call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email because it’s better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it?Anyway, after four days away, the site was complete and I returned home, glad to be able to put that foul smell behind me and return to some sort of normality and, of course, my bed.
Until next time …