Fire blankets

Fire blankets can be used to suppress or extinguish small fires in kitchens, laboratories and workshops and are a useful means of protection.. They should be located in the vicinity of the fire hazard on which they are intended to be used and in a position where they can be safely accessed. Light duty blankets are suitable for kitchens and laboratory areas where fires tend to be smaller and contained, e.g. cooking oils.

 

LPCB offers certification of fire blankets to:- 

EN 1869 Fire blankets

EN 1869 specifies requirements for non re-usable fire blankets that are intended for use by one person. The standard applies to fire blankets primarily intended for extinguishing cooking oil type fires. The standard specifies several tests that a fire blanket must successfully undergo, which include: fire tests, a removal and unfolding test and an electrical resistance test.

The materials used in the manufacture of a fire blanket must be heat resisting and non-flammable yet flexible enough to maintain a seal with the vessel on fire so that the oxygen supply is removed. The heat resistance of the fire blanket must also be maintained whilst the heat source is turned off and the heat is allowed to lower with the vessel remaining in-situ until the vessel is safe to be removed.

It is recommended that the blanket has been regularly inspected as part of any risk assessment or safety inspections. A fire blanket notice should be placed near the blanket giving basic guidance on how to use the blanket in an emergency.

Always follow manufacturer’s use, installation and servicing instructions and replace after use.

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