What is a Fire Blanket?

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Fire Blankets can be used to smother small fires.  The material is usually made of fiberglass, kevlar or wool.

This is a safety item that can be really useful, particularly when used with a pan fire. You must however, take care with hot oil as it can easily catch fire.

To tackle a pan fire:

  1. Turn off the heat.
  2. Hold the blanket appropriately so that your hands are protected behind it.
  3. Cover the pan.
  4. Leave the blanket for at least thirty minutes.
  5. NEVER THROW WATER ON IT.

If the fire gets out of control, leave the area, dial 999 and don’t go back in.

A good place to keep a Fire Blanket is in the kitchen.