Did you know that approximately 56% of residential fires start in the kitchen?
This fact alone should emphasise how important it is to own and know how to use your fire blanket.
What Is A Fire Blanket?
A fire blanket is a blanket-like sheet made from flexible material such as wool or woven fiberglass.
All fire blankets are treated with flame-resistant chemicals and can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius.
Fire blankets are typically used on small Class A and B fires as well as Class F cooking fires.
How To Use A Fire Blanket?
It’s essential to remember that fire blanket use is only effective in cases of minor fire.
- Turn off all gas/electricity supply that can contribute to the fire. For instance, the gas on the stove.
- Cover the fire completely with the fire blanket to ensure that no amount of oxygen is reaching the fire. Fire blanket works by shielding the fire from oxygen, which then disrupts the chemical process required for fire.
- While using the fire blanket, roll up your sleeves to avoid catching fire. Also, make sure you wrap the top edges of the blanket around your hands to prevent any burns.
- Gently lay the blanket down instead of trying to throw it over the fire, this will prevent the flames from spreading.
- Leave the blanket still for at least 30 minutes and do not attempt to touch the fire blanket until it has cooled down.
- Evacuate the area and contact the fire brigade immediately if you’re not able to put out the fire with your fire blanket.
For more information check out this detailed guide.
Fire blankets are not meant to be reused, so make sure you dispose of your fire blanket once it has been put to use.
Where To Use A Fire Blanket?
Fire blankets are most commonly located near risk of class F cooking fires.
The kitchen is one of such places, as there is a high probability of fire breaking out even with simple mishaps like burning fat oils.
In addition to that, your garage, office, classroom and all types of vehicles can benefit from having a fire blanket readily accessible.
Fire blankets can also be used on clothes. If the clothes an individual is wearing catch fire, you need to wrap the blanket around the individual to smother the flames and put it out.
Proper fire blanket use can save your valuables or even the life of someone.
How To Store A Fire Blanket?
All fire blankets must be placed in an easily accessible location.
Fire blankets come in a quick-release PVC container, and you will need to store it along with the container to avoid any kind of contamination.
Generally, it is best to place fire blankets among travel paths or near the exit, but it must be practicable. Also, there must be enough room to readily grab the fire blanket and put it to use.
Fire Blanket Signage
All fire blankets must be accompanied by fire blanket signage as per AS2444.
Fire blanket signs should be located at least 2m above floor level and be clearly visible to enable quick response during the event of fire.
The fire blanket location sign shall be red with a white border and black writing.
See a full list of our signs here
Fire Blanket Sizes
Fire blankets come in various sizes with 4 sizes readily available on the market.
Choosing the right size fire blanket depends on the risks involved. For confined spaces a smaller size fire blanket will be easier to operate. In the risk of a “human torch“ fire, a larger size fire blanket will be more efficient to wrap around someone.
Typical fire blanket sizes in Australia are:
- 1.8 m X 1.8 m
- 1.8 m X 1.2 m
- 1.2 m X 1.2 m
- 1 m X 1 m
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