A fire blanket is a sheet of fire-resistant material which is used to smother fires such as those involving grease or appliances such as a TV set. Make sure your fire blanket is large enough.
You should practise how to use a fire blanket in advance so that you know what to do with it if a fire breaks out. Rescue departments and associations, NGOs and many training organisations provide safety training where you can practise the use of fire extinguishing equipment including fire blankets under professional guidance.
How to use a fire blanket
- Pull on the tapes to release the blanket from its container.
- Grab hold of the corners of the blanket.
- Wrap the blanket around your hands to protect them.
- Stretch your arms out in front of you.
- Approach the fire behind the protection provided by the blanket (if outdoors approach from the direction in which the wind is blowing towards the fire).
- Place the blanket calmly on top of or around the fire. Ensure the edges are down so that no air can enter.
- Leave the blanket in place until you are sure the fire is out.