I have recently taken delivery of a new stock of fire blankets and thought it would be useful for people to understand what they are used for and how best to use them. Having a fire blanket in your office, or at home, may save a life …
What You Need To Know About Fire Blankets
Technically a fire blanket can be used on Class A,B and D fires, which are those being fuelled by ordinary combustibles such as wood or paper, by flammable liquids like oil or gas and by combustible metals including magnesium and titanium.
But that is why all fire blankets should have an ID sign so people can understand what to use them on safely. 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.
“Every home should have a fire blanket somewhere; ideally in the kitchen!”
You will never know when it may be needed for that chip pan that has overheated. Also a fire blanket can be used when exiting a burning building, wrap it around yourself for added protection if there are flames between you and the exit.
Every building should have a fire blanket and everyone needs to know where it is stored. Everyone should know how to remove the blanket from its canister should they ever need it.
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:
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.
Under no circumstances should you touch the fire blanket or anything underneath it until at least an hour has passed since the fire was extinguished. If the fire is larger than the blanket, do not attempt to put it out.
“Get out and call the fire brigade immediately!”
If you’d like to know more about fire blankets for your home or offices, or information about fire extinguisher supply, servicing or maintenance, then contact me at FTS Safety Solutions on 0330 6600264 today!
Until next time …