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What Is A Fire Blanket and How Do You Use It?

1st March 2024

When it comes to fire safety, being prepared is key. Whether you're a business owner, landlord, or work in real estate, having the right knowledge and tools can make all the difference in handling fire emergencies. One essential tool for such situations is the fire blanket. But what exactly is it, and how does it work?

Understanding Fire Blankets

A fire blanket is a simple yet highly effective piece of fire safety equipment designed to smother small fires by cutting off the fire's oxygen supply. These blankets are typically made from fire-resistant materials such as fibreglass or wool treated with fire-retardant chemicals. They come in various sizes, but the most common dimensions are around 1.2 meters by 1.8 meters, providing ample coverage for most small fires. A standard blanket can typically withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees Celsius.

How to Use a Fire Blanket

Using a fire blanket is quite straightforward, making it an ideal fire safety tool for individuals without extensive training in firefighting techniques. But just in case you’re unsure, here's a step-by-step guide on how to use a fire blanket effectively:

1. Identify the Fire: Before attempting to use a fire blanket, assess the situation to ensure it's safe to do so. Only use a fire blanket for small fires, such as those involving cooking appliances, waste bins, or clothing.

2. Retrieve the Blanket: Quickly retrieve the fire blanket from its designated storage location. Fire blankets are often stored in prominent and easily accessible areas, such as kitchens, workshops, or near fire extinguishers.

3. Approach with Caution: Approach the fire cautiously, ensuring your safety at all times. If the fire is spreading rapidly or if you feel endangered, evacuate the premises immediately and call emergency services.

4. Cover the Fire: Carefully open the fire blanket and hold it in front of you. Gently place the blanket over the flames, ensuring it completely covers the burning area. Use the blanket's edges to shield your hands and arms from the heat.

5. Cut Off the Oxygen: Once the fire is covered, press down firmly around the edges of the blanket to create a seal. This action cuts off the fire's oxygen supply, extinguishing the flames. Leave the blanket in place until the fire has cooled completely.

6. Monitor the Situation: After extinguishing the fire, monitor the area for any signs of reignition. If the fire reignites or if there is any lingering smoke or embers, do not attempt to remove the blanket. Instead, evacuate the area and seek professional assistance.

It’s important to remember that there is no compulsory requirement for landlords to provide fire extinguishers or fire blankets in normal tenanted properties. However, it may be a wise precaution by landlords, at least in the kitchen area.

How Fire Stoppers Can Help

At Fire Stoppers, we understand the importance of proactive fire safety measures for businesses, landlords, and estate agencies. Our comprehensive range of fire safety services is tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring compliance with regulations and providing peace of mind. 

From fire risk assessments and fire extinguisher installation to staff training and emergency planning, we are committed to safeguarding your property and personnel against the threat of fire. 
Contact us today to discover how we can enhance your fire safety strategy and protect what matters most.