What Are Fire Blankets and How Do They Work?

“Fire blankets are one of the many important items that every household should have available at all times, just like a home fire extinguisher,” says a fire safety equipment expert at TPT Fire. These blankets should be kept in every room with open flames. Rooms such as a kitchen or living room with a fireplace all have an open flame potential for accidents. Having this item readily available can help make the difference between saving you or your home from the complete devastation of fire.

Being small and inexpensive fire blankets are easily stored in your car, workplace and home. These blankets are made from a highly flame resistant material and can be used to wrap around a person’s body or to extinguish a small fire. They consist of a flameproof film in an inner layer that lies between two outer layers of interwoven glass fibre fabric. This makes the blanket very tough and durable. The material works by smothering the fire. It does this by cutting off the oxygen supply and starving flames thereby extinguishing them.

How to Use a Fire Blanket?

Learning how to use a fire blanket in the event of an emergency can be very important. A small fire can grow and turn into a large uncontrollable fire very quickly. Knowing how to quickly extinguish the fire before it can grow will help to prevent a bigger problem. Learning how to use this simple blanket could help save your life. There are seven basic steps to learn when using your blanket to help extinguish a fire.

When extinguishing a small fire first try to turn off the electricity or gas source. It can be very dangerous for an open flame to be near gas or sparking electricity. Take the blanket out of its holder and grab it by the fabric strips. If you have long sleeves roll them up and wrap your hands around the top edge of the blanket to protect your arms and hands from the flames. This helps to keep you safe from burns.

Carefully cover the entire area of flames with the blanket. All the flames should be under the blanket and not coming out from its edges. Doing this will cut off the fire’s oxygen supply and starve it out. Make sure it is thoroughly extinguished then give the blanket and everything underneath at least an hour or more to cool down before you touch it. If the fire is larger than your blanket, call emergency services right away and get out of the building. Do not try to put it out as you could become injured.

Extinguishing Flames on a Person

When extinguishing flames on a person, first tell them to stop, drop and roll. Rolling helps to extinguish some of the flames. Then while holding the blanket in front of you to protect you from the flames, give the person a hug allowing you to wrap and cover them with the blanket essentially smothering the fire.

A fire blanket can also be used to protect you as well when exiting a burning building. Keep the blanket between you and the flames by wrapping yourself tightly and limiting your exposure. This will not give you 100% protection, but it will help keep you safer while exiting the fire.

The fire blanket should be stored in an easily accessible place where everyone in the household is aware of its location. Practicing how to remove it from its container and then holding it properly to use should be an essential household drill. Having this blanket on hand can help to stop a small accidental fire from growing and becoming a devastating one.