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Fire Blankets

Ensuring safety and control during Incipient fires
A fire blanket is a safety device designed to extinguish small fires. It consists of a sheet of fire retardant material which is placed over a fire in order to smother it. Small fire blankets, such as for use in kitchens and around the home, are usually made of fiberglass and sometimes Kevlar and are folded into a quick-release contraption for ease of storage.

 

 

Fire blankets, along with fire extinguishers, are fire safety items that can be useful in case of a fire. These nonflammable blankets are helpful in temperatures up to 900 degrees and are useful in smothering small fires by not allowing any oxygen to the fire. Due to its simplicity, a fire blanket may be more helpful for someone who is inexperienced with fire extinguishers.

 

 

Larger fire blankets, for use in laboratory and industrial situations, are often made of wool(sometimes treated with a flame retardant fluid). These blankets are usually mounted in vertical quick-release container so that they can be easily pulled out and wrapped round a person whose clothes are on fire.

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Flammable liquids ignite easily. They usually burn with large amounts of flame, heat and smoke so they can be difficult and dangerous to extinguish. Flammable liquids that may be found around the house and garden shed include petrol (eg. lawn mower fuel), mineral turpentine and other paint thinners, some paints, methylated spirits and, of course, the cooking fats and oils that you use in the kitchen.

 

Using a fire blanket correctly is one of the safest ways to extinguish a flammable liquid burning in a container – for example, oil burning in a saucepan.

 

Install the fire blanket on the wall near or very close to a door leading out of the kitchen area as this is the most common place for oil or fat fires to occur. Do not locate the blanket beside the oven or stove top as you may not be able reach it in the event of a fire.

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Fire Blankets are a flexible sheet of non flammable material which can be used to smother small contained fires and may also provide a thermal barrier.

Advantages: Light manageable protection against a number of fire risks, including clothing fires, and the blanket requires minimum maintenance.

Disadvantages: The effectiveness of a blanket against a cooking oil or fat fire depends on obtaining a good physical seal between the blanket and the rim of the container. If any physical constraints of either the user or the shape or size of the container make this unlikely or impossible then the effectiveness of the blanket will be greatly reduced. Smaller sizes of blankets may not be satisfactory for clothing fires on adults.

It is best to install fire blankets in or adjacent to a kitchen – but not too close to a potential hazard – above a stove, for example.  On the back of pantry door is a good location.

 

Constructed of fibreglass, fire blankets can withstand temperatures up to 500°c.  They are compact and portable and can be stored almost anywhere.  They are packaged in a high quality, quick-release PVC container.

 

Fire blankets come in a range of sizes,  Stars Fire & Safety recommends that fire blankets should only be used once and replaced after use.

Never attempt to carry a container of burning liquid.

It is likely that the fire will flare up or that your movement will cause the flames to lap back towards you, possibly igniting clothing and causing you to drop the container and its contents. The spillage may set fire to household furnishings. Use a fire blanket, turn off the power source then leave the container where it is. Allow the flammable liquid and container to cool for an hour or so before removing the fire blanket or moving the container.

 

Never attempt to use water to extinguish a flammable liquid.

The sudden expansion of water turning to steam will expel the burning liquid from the container igniting any combustibles with which it comes in contact.

We offer a wide range and sizes of Fire Blankets that meet the most stringent quality standards.
A Fire Blanket is a highly flame-resistant blanket that can be used to either extinguish a small fire or to wrap around a person. 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.

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