Fire Blankets are ideal for settings where small Class F fires are a risk such as in kitchens or wherever oils or fats are exposed to potential ignition. They can also be used if a person’s clothing has caught fire.
A Fire Blanket cuts off a fire’s supply of oxygen, smothering it either permanently or until more effective fire-fighting equipment can be employed.
As with any emergency situation, you should alert others to the fire, evacuate the area and have someone contact the fire department in case the fire cannot be extinguished. You should also ensure that you have an escape route – the fire should not be between you and the exit.
Open the fire blanket and hold it in front of you to shield your body, hands and face from the fire. Cover the burning material completely, ensuring there are no gaps for oxygen to reach the fire. Shut off any gas or other fuel supply involved in the fire, and contact the fire department if you have not done so already. Leave the blanket in place for at least 30 minutes to allow the oil or fat to cool.
Always read the instructions for your Fire Blanket before use. Note: Fire Blankets are not designed for re-use! It is essential that you dispose of your Fire Blanket once it has been employed.
VERST Fire Services offers three different sizes of Fire Blankets, all manufactured to comply with AS/NZS 3504.