Every homeowner should have measures in place to be protected from fires. Fires can be ignited very easily from a range of different causes so it’s important to be aware of various evacuation routes if a house fire intensifies, along with having at least one application for putting out a fire to prevent this from happening. One of the most common causes of house fires are cooking fires, or grease fires, and while a Wet Chemical fire extinguisher will be capable of extinguishing this type of fire, this article will explore the storage, application, and disposal of fire blankets. Fire blankets are non-flammable material that is capable of extinguishing acheter viagra a cooking fire, or a person whose clothes have caught on fire, by removing the oxygen that causes the fire to ignite in the first place.
Similar to fire extinguishers, fire blankets should be stored in an easily accessible place so if a fire does ignite, there are no obstructions that make it difficult to access your fire blanket. Fire blankets will typically be stored in a quick-release container or package that are installed in the kitchen area where cooking fires are most likely to occur. Don’t install your fire blanket near the stove since a cooking fire may prevent access to it. Instead, install the fire blanket somewhere near the entry of the kitchen.
How To Extinguish A Cooking Fire
- Turn off the heat source
The first thing you should do when a cooking fire ignites is to turn off the heat source. Whether the cooking fire started from the stove, oven, or heat top, turning off the heat will
decrease the time it takes for the fire to suffocate.
- Remove the fire blanket from the container
To remove the fire blanket from the container, pull down the tabs hanging from the bottom of the container. Generally, the fire blanket container or package will have white tabs, and pulling down on these tabs will quickly release the blanket in the case of an emergency.
- Protect your hands
It’s important that you protect your hands when trying to extinguish a fire, so roll the corners of the blanket over your hands so your hands are protected by the fabric. If possible, you can use flame retardant gloves as an extra precaution.
- Place (not throw) the blanket over the fire
Once you have the blanket covering your hands, place the blanket gently over the fire. It’s
important that you place the blanket on the nearside of the flames and then move in. Do
not throw the blanket over the fire as it can cause the flames to spread which only worsens the situation. Don’t be alarmed if you see smoke coming out of the blanket, this is normal. Leave the blanket over the flames for at least 15 minutes which is enough time for the flames to be suffocated of oxygen.
- Call 000
Whether you extinguish the fire successfully or not, you must call the fire department and
ask for emergency assistance. If you’re unable to extinguish the fire, evacuate the house
before calling the fire department. Even if you successfully extinguish the fire, the fire
department will need to examine the fire to ensure it is fully extinguished and there’s no
possibility of the fire re-igniting.
You must dispose of a fire blanket after it has been used to extinguish a fire. Fire blankets are designed to be used only once, so don’t recycle your fire blanket after it has been used. Once the fire blanket has reached room temperature again, douse the fire blanket in water before disposing of it. Once you’ve used disposed of your fire blanket, it’s imperative that you replace it as soon as possible. You never know when a fire can ignite again, so the sooner you replace your fire blanket, the safer you and your family will be.
Fire blankets are relatively easy to use once you have an understanding of its the proper use and the precautions that need to be taken when extinguishing a cooking fire. The most important thing to remember is to remain calm if a cooking fire ignites in your kitchen and follow the guideline outlined in the above. Fire blankets are extremely effective at extinguishing Class F cooking fires if used properly. If you don’t have any fire blankets in your home, then it’s highly recommended that you purchase one in the case of an emergency. For a wide range of affordable fire blankets, contact King Fire Protection Services on 1300 658 537, or alternatively visit their website for more information: https://www.kingfire.com.au/