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How to Use Fire Blankets: A Guide

Derek Silver 2016-05-05

When we think of the term fire blanket we immediately associate them with something that stops a fire, “it’s in the title,” as they say. It’s composed of a fire retardant material, which acts as a means to smother out the fire when placed on top of it. You can easily see how this kind of item would have uses just about anywhere. Whether it’s at home, work at the office, or an industrial setting, it’s a tool that can benefit just about anyone.

Additionally, fire blankets can be used as a means to cover pipes and other objects that are exposed to extremely high heat.  In scenarios like this it can be used as a method to protect the piping, as well as protect the people that work around it. It also helps if there are circumstances where you want to keep heat in an area.  

1. Identify where heat should be

And vise versa. Look over the layout of your settings and mark where you want to contain heat, and where it would be considered a hazard. Take the time to mark areas and machines based on factors such as:

[a] Temperature needed to function

[b] Areas where heat needs to be kept away

[c] Especially safety valves

By taking the time to properly label your work setting you can create a safe layout to work at that has options available should an accident turn up.

2. Measure the Heat Generated by Machines

Taking the time to measure the heat various machines give off and considering how the atmosphere needs to be around them will play an important part to using fire blankets. By identifying temperatures and noting the delicate parts of machines that operate at a particular frequency the right choices can be made to support the machines.

Safety valves are the most important part to take into consideration when it comes to making sure they are operating at the right temperature.

3. Research and Purchase the Safety Blankets

Like any industry, safety blankets come in a variety of different kinds, each with their own set of purposes. Take the time to evaluate the setting that is around you and look into which kind will best support what you work around. For example, ADL Insulflex offers a great selection of fire blankets that can be used during emergencies. By taking the time to identify the ones most relevant for your needs it will save a lot of running around.

4. Test the Safety Blankets

Once you buy any kind of new item there is the requirement of testing to see that it’s working as intended. Now, it’s not suggested that one should create a gigantic fire to try and put out, but it is suggested that you take a small trial run just to see it works the way you need it to.

5. Apply the Safety Blankets

Once you have evaluated the setting of your work, properly marked it off, and taken the time to get the blankets that work best in your scenario there is only one thing left to do: Apply them. Once you have everything arranged make sure that they are locked in properly to where they need to be.

6. A Final Double Check 

The last thing you should take care of once the blankets are applied is a walkthrough to insure every marker has been addressed. Also, in the event that something occurs that a fire blanket wouldn’t be able to handle always make sure that you have a backup plan.

Fire blankets can act as a great safety tool and are a very welcome item in the industrial setting. Look into it today and see if it matches your needs. To learn more about fire protection, read the guidelines and resources available online at the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services.

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