What is a Fire Blanket Used For?

What is a Fire Blanket Used For?

A house fire was reported every 89 seconds in 2020, according to a report from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Fire blankets are one of the most helpful fire safety tools for homeowners to have on hand. They are easy to use, work quickly, and offer adequate protection in the event of a home fire.

Let's learn more about fire blankets and why you might want to invest in one.

Fire Blanket

What is a Fire Blanket?
A fireproof blanket is a blanket made of fire-retardant materials. People can wrap the blanket around themselves or throw it on top of the fire to put it out. Fire blankets come in various sizes, from one square meter and up.

What Are Fire Blankets Made Of?
A flame retardant blanket is usually composed of fiberglass, silicone, or wool.

What Does a Fire Blanket Do?
A fire-resistant blanket extinguishes fires by cutting off the oxygen supply with its flame-retardant materials.

How Does a Fire Blanket Put Out a Fire?
A fire blanket suffocates the fire by smothering it. Fire blankets are laid on top of the fire to stop the flames, eliminating the oxygen it needs to sustain itself.

Can You Use a Fire Blanket on an Electrical Fire?
Yes, fire blankets work on electrical fires if the fire is small enough to contain on your own.

Fire Blanket vs Fire Extinguisher
Fire blankets and fire extinguishers are both used to stop fires, but they have several differences.

Fire Blanket Fire Extinguisher
Best for controlling small fires in close proximity Best for controlling small to medium fires that are at a distance
Designed to wrap around a person or object Designed to spray a person or object
Work by cutting off oxygen Work by increasing carbon dioxide
Last longer due to long expiration dates Need to be refilled, recharged, or replaced regularly
Requires a replacement after each use Can be reused depending on the brand and type
Leaves less of a mess Leaves a residue behind

Safety Blanket vs Fire Blanket

Safety Blanket vs Fire Blanket
Safety blankets (also known as emergency blankets and mylar blankets) are also different from fire blankets. Safety blankets keep you warm in an emergency. You may have seen marathon runners wearing them after a race; sponsors give them to every runner. Fire blanks put out fires.

Safety Blanket Fire Blanket
Resistant to cold, moisture, and wind Resistant to heat and fire
Used to prevent loss of body heat in emergencies (when exposed to the elements) Used to extinguish small fires
Reusable Not reusable
Lightweight and made of thin, heat-reflective sheeting called polyethylene terephthalate film (PET) Heavy and made of fiberglass, silicone, or wool

How To Use a Fire Blanket
First, you should only use fire blankets for smaller fires. If you cannot cover the fire with the fire blanket, you need to call the fire department. If you determine that your blanket is large enough to cover the fire, you should follow these steps:

If you are dealing with a small fire, you should:

  1. Turn off the heat source or electricity.
     
  2. Put on gloves if you can.
     
  3. Take the blanket out of its packaging.
     
  4. Fold the blanket over your hands to prevent burns.
     
  5. Hold the blanket up to shield yourself.
     
  6. Slowly place the blanket (do not throw) on top of the fire, covering it completely.
     
  7. If it appears to have stopped the flames, leave the blanket where it is for about 30 minutes.

If your clothes catch fire, you should use the fire blanket roll technique:

  1. Wrap the blanket around your body.
     
  2. Stop drop and roll.

Where Should a Fire Blanket Be Located?
Owning a kitchen fire blanket is beneficial, as kitchens are prone to fires. Other places to store them include:

  • The kitchen, close to the stove and oven
     
  • Near room exits
     
  • Near fireplaces and gas and wood stoves
     
  • In each room

Car fire blankets also come in handy. Store them in the garage and your vehicle.

Are Fire Blankets Effective?
Yes, but it depends on the type of fire. A fire cloth can extinguish small fires, like:

  • A pan fire
     
  • A small electrical fire
     
  • A person whose clothes are on fire
     
  • A small camping fire

Who Makes the Best Fire Blankets?
Some of today's best heat resistant blanket brands include:

  • Inf-way
  • Tonyko
  • Chzxkh
  • FYJ Emergency Blankets
  • Hot Headz

Can You Reuse a Fire Blanket?
In most cases, no. Several brands advertise that their products are reusable. However, a fire-retardant blanket will automatically lose some effectiveness in the spot charred by a previous fire.

Can You Reuse a Fire Extinguisher?
Yes, you can use the same fire extinguisher more than once. However, you cannot reuse some brands and types of fire extinguishers. Make sure to check your specific fire extinguisher's instructions. Also, remember to recharge or refill the extinguisher after each use.

Does a Fire Blanket Have a Use-by Date?
Yes, a flame-resistant blanket can expire. Usually, there will be a date listed on the packaging. If not, you will want to replace it after seven years.

Fire Blanket Certificate
A fire blanket certificate is an official document stating approval of the fire blanket for protecting people from fires. In addition, it certifies that the emergency fire blanket has passed all inspections. In the U.S., all fire blankets must meet ASTM F1989-05 standards.

Beware of Asbestos Blankets
Before understanding it is a health hazard, asbestos was a common material used in fire blankets. It was known as a fire-resistant material that improved durability and heat resistance. However, an asbestos cloth fire can release asbestos fibers into the air. When inhaled or ingested, these fibers can cause mesothelioma and other diseases.

Asbestos is now outlawed, but there may still be some asbestos blankets out there.

How Much Do Fire Blankets Cost?
The cost of a fire-safe blanket will depend on its size. A smaller fire protection blanket will cost you around $10 to $25. Extra-large fire blankets usually run over $25.

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