Fire Blankets, Fire extinguishers and Fire Hose Reels are the first line of defence and their correct use can significantly reduce the damage, caused by a fire.
It is critical that your staff are trained in the correct use of fire blankets, fire extinguishers and fire hose reels to ensure that they use them effectively and without placing themselves and others at risk.
What is a Fire Blanket?
A fire blanket consists of a piece of fire-resistant fabric (usually woven glass fibre) that can be used to smother a small fire or wrap around a person whose clothing is alight.
To be useful, a fire blanket should be easily and quickly available. Fire blankets are often installed in kitchen areas where small cooking fires may occur. A fire blanket should be installed close to an exit and not near the source of ignition in accordance with Australian Standards 2444.
A fire blanket is ideal for extinguishing cooking fat fires and can be used to wrap around people if their clothes catch on fire.
How to use a Fire Blanket
- Ensure that you have the correct type of Fire Blanket and you are trained and certified how to use the fire Blanket correctly and call ‘000’ in any emergency situation
- Pull down sharply on the tabs hanging from the bottom of the package to release the fire blanket.
- Hold it in front of you, with the fabric rolled back at the edges to protect your hands.
- Place (not throw) fire blankets over cooking fat fires, keeping hands and face protected behind it.
- Lay the blanket gently over the fire. Do not throw the bottom of the blanket onto the far side of the fire as flames can then run up the blanket to your hands.
- Turn off the heat source and leave the blanket over the burnt area for at least 15 minutes or until the heat has dissipated.
To put out a clothing fire
- wrap the blanket around the flames and person.
- Get them to drop to the ground and roll until the fire is out.
- Seek medical assistance.
Your fire blankets should be Australian Standards approved — AS/NZS 3504:2006 – Fire blankets. Fire Blankets must measure no less than 1 metre by 1 metre. Your Fire Blanket should be inspected and maintained every 6 months in accordance with Australian Standards 1851
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