A fire blanket is exactly what it sounds like—a blanket made from fire-resistant or fire-retardant materials. These specially designed blankets are intended to smother flames in the event of a fire, cutting off the oxygen supply and preventing the fire from spreading further. They are typically made from materials like fiberglass, which can withstand high temperatures and are resistant to burning.
How to Use a Fire Blanket:
Wrap and Smother:
- The most common and effective use of a fire blanket is to quickly and carefully wrap it around a person whose clothing has caught fire. If someone's clothes are on fire, instruct them to stop, drop, and roll to minimize the flames. Then, immediately cover them with the fire blanket to smother the fire and extinguish it.
- Cooking-related fires are a common occurrence in households. In the event of a small grease fire in the kitchen, never use water, as it can make the fire worse. Instead, grab your fire blanket and gently place it over the flaming pan. This will cut off the oxygen supply and extinguish the fire safely.
Fire Extinguisher Backup:
- While fire extinguishers are essential fire safety tools, a fire blanket can serve as a valuable backup. In some situations, a fire extinguisher may not be practical or may not effectively control the fire. Having a fire blanket nearby provides an additional layer of protection and can be used in conjunction with a fire extinguisher for added safety.