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:
- Turn off the heat.
- Hold the blanket appropriately so that your hands are protected behind it.
- Cover the pan.
- Leave the blanket for at least thirty minutes.
- 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.