A fire blanket sits there like an old, reliable friend. You may not need it much, but should the time come, it’ll be there quickly to help you out. Okay, so it might not be helping you carry the boxes into your new home, but don’t forget that if you look after it, it’ll be there to get you out of a sweaty situation.
And just like a good friend, you don’t want to just throw it away as soon as you’ve used it. But then again, do you have much choice?
It Hasn’t Been Used To Put Out A Fire…
It might have been a false alarm, or perhaps you found just turning the gas off was enough to control the fire. You pulled the straps of your fire blanket, but thankfully you didn’t need it.
If that’s the case, then you can just fold it up again and repack it in its container.
That way, it’s ready should you find yourself needing to use it again.
It Has Been Used To Put Out A Fire…
You’ll have to get yourself a new fire blanket, just in case.
I know it’s not a good way to treat a friend who’s just helped you out, but it is for the best. This is because if it’s damaged, it could end up being ineffective in another fire and cause more danger.
A fire blanket works by starving the fire of oxygen which it needs to keep the flames burning. As it’s a sheet made of a flameproof material, oxygen can then get inside the blanket if it’s damaged. In turn, this means oxygen can still get to the fire and make the blanket useless in attempting to put out the fire.
So if you’ve used your fire blanket to put out a fire, then it’s better that you say your goodbyes and dispose of it.
Fire blankets are not that expensive to buy new, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
It then allows you to get yourself another friend who likewise will be just as loyal as your old friend.