What is a fire blanket?
A fire blanket is a fire-resistant sheet normally made from a woven glass fibre, their sizes vary, although 1m x 1m or bigger is normally suitable of use in the home.
How does it work?
A fire blanket is used to smother a fire, cutting its oxygen supply. Whilst it is very quick and effective, it does require the user to get close to the fire and normally if unsuccessful on the first attempt it can not be used again as the user will be unable to retrieve it.
What fires can the blanket extinguish?
A fire blanket can be used to extinguish most small contained fires in the home i.e. a chip pan or small bin. It can also be used to wrap around a person whose clothes are on fire.
Where should it be stored?
Fire blankets are best kept in the kitchen, normally on the wall where they are easily accessible. They should never be stored in the cupboard nor above or close to a cooker.
Remember - Surfaces remain hot after being extinguished with a fire blanket and need time to cool before being touched or moved.