How to Use a Fire Blanket

Using a fire blanket is ideal for small household fires that can be extinguished without the need of a fire extinguisher or the attendance of the local fire service. While they are straightforward to use, there are a few pointers to take on board to ensure you stay safe.

We discuss what these are and we also give our opinion on the best fire blankets available on the market.

What is a fire blanket used for?

Fire blankets are typically used in kitchen or common areas to put out smaller fires.

They can be used to put a stop to fires on burning pots and chip pans and they are commonly purchased during the summer seasons to put out fires on barbecues.

chip pan fire

A chip pan fire in the early stages

The larger variant can be used to wrap around a body to:

  • act as a body wrap if you need to escape larger flames.
  • extinguish any flames already on a body

What are typical fire blanket materials?

Fire blankets are made of fire-resistant materials. They are particularly useful for smothering fat pan fires or for wrapping around a person whose clothing is on fire. Fire blankets conforming to British Standards BSEN1869: 1997 are suitable for use in the home.

When you are looking to buy a fire blanket, please ensure that you look for items conforming to British Standards BSEN1869: 1997. These are adequate to be used in your home.

** Please Note ** We have seen some fire blankets listed on eBay, but not all of them have the mark listed above. The product needs to have the above for it to meet British Standards. If the vendor on eBay hasn't indicated this, then you should contact them for proof.

Not all fire blankets can be used more than once. The box should indicate whether the fire blanket is for a single use or multi use.

Where to place a fire blanket

Where do you place the fire blanket? At what height should you install it? We answer these below:

  • Keep the fire blanket somewhere in the kitchen within easy reach for young adults.
  • Do not place it too close to your hob. You want it to be at a distance away so you can reach for it.
  • Place the fire blanket next to a designated escape route. It may come in useful should you need to exit the property.

How to stop a chip pan fire

1. Hold the fire blanket on both corners where the straps are.

holding a fire blanket

2. Approach the chip pan fire, keeping your arms outstretched.

tackle a chip fire

3. Completely cover the fire and leave the blanket over it.

man covering a burning pan

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