How to use Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets

In order to protect your family from a fire we recommended that you keep a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket kept within your home.

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Many of us feel safe in our home but are we really prepared to handle a fire if it starts?  It’s easy for us to think that a fire won’t start in our home and involve our family.  This kind of thinking can lead to a lack of preparation which can lead to fire damage, personal injury and even death.  In order to protect your family from fires we recommend that you have both a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket in your home.

Most residential fires start in the kitchen.  Some people will store a fire extinguisher under the sink or in a cupboard to help if a fire does start in the kitchen.  While a fire extinguisher is a great piece of fire safety equipment to have with us, it’s not always the best to use in the kitchen. Many fire extinguishers contain water and should not be used on grease or electrical fires which are the most common types of fire for kitchens.

A grease fire is a fire that contains cooking oils or fats.  Adding even a very small amount of water to these fires can cause a fireball explosion that can quickly consume the entire kitchen.  If you happened to be standing close to this you could be severely burned.

An electrical fire describes any fire that involves any electrical equipment. Water should not be added to these fires as it can cause electric shocks that can be very severe and even cause death. To receive an electric shock you don’t have to be close to the flames as electricity is conducted through the water.  It can travel through the water and into the person who is trying to put out the fire.

Buy your fire blanket todayWhen dealing with grease fire or electric fires you should always use a fire blanket. The blanket is made out of fire retardant material that can be thrown over a kitchen fire to smother the flames. The blanket can also be safely wrapped around a person if they come in contact with the fire and become engulfed in flames. It is for this reason that a fire blanket should be stored in the kitchen.

A fire extinguisher can be used to put out all other types of flames including ordinary combustibles fires, flammable liquid fires, gas fires and metal fires. An example of this happening is a campfire that quickly becomes out of hand and spreads to nearby grass. This is considered a combustible fire and can be put out with a fire extinguisher. Another example of when to use a fire extinguisher is if a gasoline tank started to leak and then a fire started. Because this is a gas fire a fire extinguisher may be used.

Fire Blankets

How to use a fire blanketWhat is a fire blanket?

A fire blanket is a fire-resistant sheet that is normally made from a woven glass fibre.  Their come in various sizes although a 1m x 1m fire blanket or bigger is normally suitable for use in the home.  Buy fire blankets from our product page.

How does a fire blanket work?

A fire blanket is mainly used to smother a fire by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire. A fire blanket is very quick and effective.  It does require the user to get close to the fire and if it’s unsuccessful on the first attempt it usually can not be used again as it can be dangerous for the user to retrieve it.

What fires can the fire blanket extinguish?

A fire blanket can be used to extinguish most small contained fires in the home like a fire in a small bin or in a cooking pan. It can also be used to wrap around a person if their clothes catch on fire.

Where should a fire blanket be stored?

Fire blankets are best kept in the kitchen.  They are best mounted on the wall where they are easily accessible. They should never be stored in the cupboard too close to any cooking elements.

NOTE – Surfaces can remain very hot after being extinguished with a fire blanket and need time to cool before being touched.

Fire Extinguishers

What is a Fire Extinguisher?

A fire extinguisher is a self contained device that contains a media that is usually stored under pressure that is used to fight a fire.  Buy fire extinguishers of all types and sizes from our product pages.  We will also install fire extinguishers and carry out fire extinguisher services, fire extinguisher maintenance and fire extinguisher testing.

Types and sizes

There are four main types of fire extinguishers and each of these have their own unique markings and are only suitable for fighting certain types of fires.

Fire Blankets and Fire Extinguishers

Fire blankets can be used to extinguish small fires that start in your home, garage, boat or caravan. They can also be used to wrap around a person whose clothes have caught on fire.

It is best to store fire blankets in or directly adjacent to a kitchen but never too close to a potential fire hazard like above a stove.

Fire blankets are usually constructed of fibreglass and can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees Celsius.  They are compact, portable and easily stored. The blankets are packaged in a quick-release PVC container of high quality.

Fire blankets come in a range of sizes and can be purchased from our fire safety equipment product page.

We recommend that you replace your fire blankets after use.

Safety tips

  • It is important to purchase a fire blanket that carries the Australian Standards logo
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Fire extinguishers

It is very important to purchase the correct fire extinguisher to suit the specific environment in which it is to be used.
Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a fire can have terrible consequences.  It can cause the fire to spread or even result in the operator being injured or seriously harmed.

Buy fire extinguishers at the lowest prices today.  We will install your fire extinguisher, carry out any fire extinguisher maintenance and provide you with your annual fire safety statement when required.  For all your fire safety services in Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast call now.  Buy a fire blanket for your kitchen and protect your property.

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