Fire blankets work on a simple principle: smother the fire and deprive it of oxygen. To do this effectively, they have to be nonflammable themselves and provide as much of a barrier for heat and oxygen as possible.
Our fire blankets are able to withstand temperatures of up to 550°C/1022°F and are manufactured with the support of over 25 years of experience, so quality is guaranteed. Efficiently packaged in a choice of containers, these fire blankets, when draped over a fire, smother the danger by starving the fire of oxygen.
Pros of fire blankets
They can be used for personal protection:
If a person’s hair or clothing is on fire, wrapping them up in a fire blanket can be an important part of the “stop, drop, and roll” technique which is taught to minimize burns and injury. According to NFPA, blankets are especially useful if the person involved is not physically able to move rapidly due to age, medical condition, or physical limitations.
If a fire is out of control and you are surrounded by flames, a fire blanket may also help protect you and those you are helping if you must evacuate near areas exposed to flames.
Fire blankets contain fires in early stages:
Cooking fires often start with a relatively small amount of grease in a container like a pan or pot. People are often reluctant to discharge a fire extinguisher because of the cleanup effort and expense involved, and Class K fire extinguishers are specifically required “for fires involving combustible cooking media (vegetable or animal oils and fats).” Sometimes, people pour or throw water onto a grease fire, with disastrous effects.
Putting a lid or pan over a fire in a container is the right idea—if done effectively, it will smother the fire. But it can be risky, because you may not have enough protection from the flames as you bring this cover down over them. Using a fire blanket lowers this risk.
Fire blankets can be used by people who might have difficulty with extinguishers
If upper-body strength is an issue, fire blankets sized like the Wilson and Cousins 60” x 78” fire blanket are easily handled, as they typically weigh no more than two to three pounds.
Some people are concerned about what will happen when they use a fire extinguisher and are confused by the different types of extinguishers available; they may not know exactly which one should be deployed. While these concerns can and should be addressed by training, using a fire blanket may be a more straightforward decision if a fire is small enough.
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