How to Use a Fire Blanket

How to Use a Fire Blanket

Fire blankets are made of fire-resistant materials and are particularly useful for using on fat pan fires or for wrapping around a person whose clothing is on fire. You will need to check your particular fire blanket to see whether it is single-use or whether it can be used multiple times and learn how to use it correctly and confidently.

Fire blankets are typically made from glass fibre fabric, with a thin fire resistant coating. When used on a fire they stop the airflow, starving the fire of Oxygen which is needed for the fire to burn.

Can You Use a Fire Blanket on a Person?

A fire blanket can be used as a shield while exiting a fire to help insulate the skin and clothing by wrapping the body in it. This is particularly useful if you have children.

The blankets themselves have been specifically designed to be big enough to cover the human body. This being said, you should never use a fire blanket to enter a fire, only to exit and smother a fire.

How to Use a Fire Blanket

  1. Before attempting to deal with the fire you should first make sure that you turn off the heat source if it is safe to do so. Never try to move a burning pan
  2. Pull the two black tapes underneath the fire blanket to release the blanket from its container
  3. Hold the blanket up in a shield position and if possible wrap the blanket around your hands for protection
  4. Gently lay the fire blanket over the pan/container to smother the fire. Never pull back on the fire blanket
  5. Leave the pan to cool completely – do not attempt to uncover until it is completely cool
  6. If the fire is too large or unsafe to try and tackle, evacuate the building immediately and call the emergency services.

For personal clothing fires, you should do the following:

  1. Pull the two black tapes underneath the fire blanket to release the blanket from its container
  2. Hold the blanket in a shield position and if possible wrap the blanket around your hands for protection
  3. Wrap the fire blanket around the person who is on fire to smother the flames

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