Fire blankets are made up from non-flammable materials such as fibreglass and sometimes Kevlar. They are usually folded into small containers designed for a fast release and easy storage. The non-flammable fire blankets can be used in temperature up to 900 degrees. Fire blankets are mainly used in smouldering fires, they block the flow of oxygen which then extinguishes the fire extinguish the fire by blocking the oxygen flow. A fire blanket can sometimes be reused after use, it will state on the manufactures instructions whether it should be thrown away or used again after cleaning.
How to use a fire blanket.
- Turn off any heat source that is contributing or around the fire
- Remove the fire blanket by pulling down sharply on the tabs hanging from the bottom of the package
- Protect your hands from the fire as much as possible
- Carefully place the blanket over the fire
- Leave the blanket in place for at least 15 minutes
- Call the fire service
Fire blankets tips
- Fire blankets should be kept in the kitchen
- Do not put your fire blanket to close to your cooker as you may not be able to reach it in the event of a fire
- Always place fire blankets near to an escape route so in case you think that the fire is to big to tackle yourself you can escape easily to call the fire service.
- Fire blankets are most commonly used for clothing or cooking fires, and a person can be wrapped and rolled in a fire blanket if their clothing has caught on fire.
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