A fire blanket is more than just a blanket. It is a safety device specifically designed to extinguish incipient or starting fires, efficiently eliminating the spread of fire.
We understand that the word ‘blanket’ may not be the first thing you think of when searching for reliable fire protection equipment. However, trust us when we say a fire blanket is an essential product for you to keep in your building.
Without further ado, let’s explore why you should make fire blankets your go-to piece of fire safety tool.
What is a Fire Blanket?
A fire blanket works on a simple principle: it effectively smothers the fire and deprives it of oxygen. To accomplish this task, the blanket must be able to offer as much of a barrier for oxygen and heat as possible.
Available in two sizes: large and small, fire blankets are made from a fire-retardant or fire-resistant fabric.
Small Fire Blankets
- The small blankets are typically made of woven glass fibre and sometimes Kevlar. They are generally used in kitchens and folded in a quick-release container for better storage.
Large Fire Blankets
- Meanwhile, large fire blankets are commonly made of wool. They are used in commercial, laboratory and factory settings and are mounted in vertical quick-release cabinets for easy access.
How to Use a Fire Blanket?
Educating employees to use a fire blanket is of utmost importance as it can help contain fires in their early stages and save lives. Extinguish fires and reduce severe risk by following these simple steps:
1. Pull Out the Blanket
As mentioned above, fire blankets are usually stored in quick-release containers or cabinets for immediate access in emergency scenarios. Simply pull out the tabs hanging down to lose out the blanket.
2. Protect Your Hands
Remember to protect your hands by rolling the corners of the blanket over your hands to avoid burns and injuries. You can also use fire-resistant gloves for added protection if you have them.
3. Place the Fire Blanket Right Over the Fire
Carefully place the blanket over the flames. Do not throw the blanket, as this can cause injuries to you and the people around you, worsening the situation. Instead, start with the nearside of the flame and slowly move in.
4. Leave the Blanket for At Least 15 Minutes
Leave the blanket on the heat source until the flame is completely smothered. This should take approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Also, avoid touching the blanket until the heat has dissipated.
5. Contact BOMBA
If you need further emergency resistance, never hesitate to call BOMBA. Always ask for professional help to ensure that there is no remaining ember of heat that can potentially cause another fire.
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Benefits of Using a Fire Blanket in Malaysia
Below are the key benefits of fire blankets:
- Enhances a person’s chance of survival
- Protects a person’s body from injuries
- Eliminates small fires by means of smothering
- Reliable, lightweight and easy to use
Do I Still Need a Fire Extinguisher?
Yes, absolutely. Although a fire blanket in Malaysia is an extremely advantageous fire safety product, it’s not quite effective in combating widespread or larger fires.
As the blanket requires you to place it right on top of the fire, it may be dangerous, or even impossible, for you to do so safely. In this case, you should use the blanket for personal protection by wrapping it around your body to minimise burns and injuries.
Hence, equipping your building with both items is your best bet in ensuring optimal fire safety. However, remember to choose the right fire extinguishers since each extinguisher has its specific purpose.
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