Fire blankets can be used to extinguish small fires in the home, caravan, boat or garage. They can also be used to wrap around a person whose clothes have caught alight.
It is best to install fire blankets in or adjacent to a kitchen – but not too close to a potential hazard – above a stove, for example. On the back of pantry door is a good location.
Constructed of fibreglass, fire blankets can withstand temperatures up to 500°c. They are compact and portable and can be stored almost anywhere. They are packaged in a high quality, quick-release PVC container.
Fire blankets come in a range of sizes, Fire System Services recommends that fire blankets should only be used once and replaced after use.
NB: In accordance with Australian Standard 2444 section 6.2.
Where a "human torch" fire is considered part of the risk, a fire blanket of size 1.2m x 1.8m or 1.8m x 1.8m shall be provided.
Fire Blankets are a flexible sheet of non flammable material which can be used to smother small contained fires and may also provide a thermal barrier.
Advantages: Light manageable protection against a number of fire risks, including clothing fires, and the blanket requires minimum maintenance.
Disadvantages: The effectiveness of a blanket against a cooking oil or fat fire depends on obtaining a good physical seal between the blanket and the rim of the container. If any physical constraints of either the user or the shape or size of the container make this unlikely or impossible then the effectiveness of the blanket will be greatly reduced. Smaller sizes of blankets may not be satisfactory for clothing fires on adults.