How to Use a Fire Blanket

Fire blankets are an important piece of equipment that everyone should own in case of an emergency. But how do you use a fire blanket? And how do fire blankets work? Lucky for you, at First Attendance we have put together a short video perfectly instructing you on how to safely and effectively use a fire blanket in case of emergency. You can find the video below.

Who Should Own A Fire Blanket?

Simply put; everyone! The use of a fire blanket could potentially save lives and stop a full force fire from breaking out.

Where Should I Keep a Fire Blanket?

When you purchase a fire blanket and get home, make sure you put it in the correct place and make sure to fit it to a solid surface. Don’t put it too close to the area of risk and you also don’t want it to close to your cooker/oven because if there is a fire you don’t want to be walking around it or leaning over to actually get to the piece of equipment.

When should I use a Fire Blanket?

Blankets can be used to extinguish small fires (our definition would be around the size of an office bin) They are most used for Kitchen based fires and a method for putting out a fire before it gets too big or out of control. In the event of a larger fire, call the emergency services. 

How Does a Fire Blanket Work?

As oxygen is one of the elements needed for fire, a fire blanket works by smothering the fire and cutting off the oxygen supply.

How to Use a Fire Blanket

Step 1:  You’ll normally find tabs at the top or bottom of the box. To release the blanket in an emergency give those tabs a pull. 

Step 2: Before you actually attempt to tackle the fire, try and turn off the gas or electric because that will reduce the heat element within the fire triangle. 

Step 3: When you use a fire blanket you need to make sure you protect yourself. The easiest way to protect yourself is to hold the tabs so they face you, backs of your hands against the blanket and then fold it in. That’s going to protect you from the radiated heat as you attempt to approach the fire. 

Don’t hold the blanket too high where you can’t see where the risk is or too low that you’re going to trip over. You just want to put arms out straight. Move your weight on to your back foot, move nice and slowly towards the fire and then just place it physically over the top. Don’t attempt to throw the blanket on incase you miss. When you get to this sort of stage and you’re close, don’t pull away because the flames may stick to the blanket and this could actually spread the fire. It has to be just a very quick, swift motion, one step at a time, from there, straight over the top. 

Step 4. Leave the blanket for around 30 minutes or so. Don’t take it off too quickly as, by reintroducing oxygen, there is a chance of re-ignition. Leave the actual pan in situ for at least an hour.

Step 5. If there is any doubt at all that it is still not a safe environment, please pick up the phone, phone the fire service brigade, evacuate the area and get them there as quick as you can.  

Recap:

1. Release the blanket by pulling quickly on the two tabs
2. Turn off the heat source
3. Protect yourself – move slowly, keeping your weight on your back foot and hold the blanket in front to protect yourself
4. Tackle the fire by placing the blanket on top in a quick, swift motion
5. Leave the blanket for 30 minutes before removing 

6. Call the fire brigade – if there are any problems or doubts.

How to use a fire Blanket Infographic

 

If you work in an office then it is important to know exactly where the fire blanket is kept at all times and you should also inform your employees as well. You should provide a training session to all employees on how to use a fire blanket and we hope that the above video will help you in doing so. If you’d like us to come to your place of work to properly demonstrate the correct procedure, please contact us and we’ll get something put in the diary.

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