Having a fire blanket in the kitchen gives you a quick, easy, effective and clean method of tackling a small fire either at home or at work. With it installed on the wall, everyone will know where to immediately find it and can be using it in seconds.
Ideal for pan fires, with this placed over the flames, it will quickly starve the flames of oxygen and cause the fire to extinguish thanks to the glass fibre fabric with a fire resistant coating. When left covered, the pan will soon cool to a safe temperature so you can handle it.
Pan fires are one of the most common which occur in the kitchen, and if you were to pour water over it, you could inadvertently cause the fire to spread. A fire blanket is a much safer option.
But fire blankets can be used to protect individuals from fire. Wrapping one around yourself will give you some protection from flames as you exit a burning room. Or, if your clothes are on fire, you can use a fire blanket in addition to the stop, drop, and roll method.
Before attempting to use a fire blanket to extinguish a fire, first make sure the blanket is big enough to tackle the size of the fire and ensure you can still make an exit if it doesn’t work.
How To Use A Fire Blanket
- Turn off the stove or other source of heat, if it is safe to do so, and do not attempt to move the pan.
- Pull the fire blanket out from the container or pouch by the tabs, and ensure it is fully stretched out.
- Holding the blanket at arm’s length, with it wrapped around your hands and shielding yourself with it, place the fire blanket gently over the pan or container, covering it completely.
- Leave the fire blanket for around 30 minutes to allow it to cool and avoid re-ignition.