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Fire blankets are an essential part of any safety plan in a commercial kitchen, school canteen, daycare & child care centres, school home economics rooms, boats, caravans, food trucks and any location where Class F fires (cooking oils and fats) are likely. They are also required in some types of factories and workshops where the possibility of clothing fire is high.
A fire blanket must be readily available and seen from all areas within the kitchen to comply with Australian safety standards.
A fire blanket is made from two layers of silicone coated fibreglass material and contained in either a soft case or hard casing. The hard casing or rigid casing is becoming more and more popular as it prevents dirt and dust and is less likely to attract bugs insects that may want to take up residence within the fire blanket and is easily wall mounted.
A Class F fire hazard exists in every kitchen environment and regardless of how big or how small the cooking area is the possibility of a fire is high due to intense heat, flames and flammable oils. Even the grease covered exhaust canopies is a potential risk should cooking flames reach that high.
If a fire does happen to ignite then a fire blanket is a quick and easy solution to smother the flames and starving the fire of oxygen and the issue is resolved without incident. The same is applied if a fire is on a person’s clothing, a blanket will smother the flames when you wrap it around the individual. Should the fire blanket be damaged, ripped or contain holes then it is unlikely to do its sole purpose. A hole in a blanket is an opening for oxygen to allow the fire to breathe and thus spread the flames rendering the fire blanket useless. This is why blankets must be inspected every six months.
A fire blanket is not the sole fire safety equipment that should be installed in a commercial kitchen. A fire suppression system should be in place alongside portable fire extinguishers and fire blankets.
You should always have a storeroom with spares as all fire blankets are one use items only regardless of how small the incident was. Use and dispose.
In the event of a fire in the kitchen, a blanket should be placed directly over the flames smothering it or keeping it for spreading while more effective firefighting equipment can be applied. Always leave a blanket coving the area for at least 30 minutes ensuring that the flames will not reignite and allowing the oil or fat to cool.
A fire blanket not only is for smothering a fire, it can be used as a shield against fire should you need to evacuate a building by wrapping it around you, shielding your face, hands and body while you escape.