Fire blanket

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Extinguishing of a fire with a fire blanket

A fire blanket is a safety device designed to extinguish small incipient (starting) fires. It consists of a sheet of fire retardant material which is placed over a fire in order to smother it

Small fire blankets, such as for use in kitchens and around the home, are usually made of fiberglass and sometimes kevlar,[citation needed] and are folded into a quick-release contraption for ease of storage.

Larger fire blankets, for use in laboratory and industrial situations, are often made of wool (sometimes treated with a flame retardant fluid). These blankets are usually mounted in vertical quick-release container so that they can be easily pulled out and wrapped round a person whose clothes are on fire.[1]

Some older fire blankets were made of woven asbestos fibers and are not NFPA rated. This can pose a hazard during the decommissioning of old equipment.[citation needed]

Operation[edit]

In order for a fire to burn, all three elements of the fire triangle must be present: heat, fuel and oxygen.The fire blanked must be sealed closely to a solid surface around the fire. Whether the blanket is placed on top, or surrounding it, the job of the blanket is to cut off the oxygen supply to the fire, thereby putting it out.

Fire Blankets usually have two pull down tails visible from outside the packaging. The user should place one hand on each tag and pull down simultaneously removing the blanket from the bag.

The tails are located near the top of the fire blanket which allows the top lip of the fire blanket to fold back over the users hands protecting it from radiated heat or direct contact burns.

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