Fire blankets are used to extinguish kitchen fires (cooking oil, saucepans, frying pans, waste bins, etc.) and clothing fires. A fire blanket works by covering the fire and cutting off the supply of oxygen.
All of our fire blankets carry the British Standard Kitemark and have been tested and certified to the stringent requirements of BS EN 1869:1997. We can also install or commission your fire blankets if required.
Read our Guide to Fire Blankets for more information on what a fire blanket is used for and fire blanket regulations.
If your fire blankets are used in a business environment, they will need to be serviced annually. The service charge for a blanket is about half that of an extinguisher. The engineer will unpack the fire blanket, check that the blanket has no holes or worn areas and carefully place it back in its box. He/she will also mark the fire blanket box with the servicing date and his initials and state it in his certificate.
A fire blanket should be installed about one or two metres away from the cooker so that you can safely reach it should a fire start on your cooker. Install the fire blanket between the cooker and the kitchen exit, never on the far side of the cooker! It is always best to fix the fire blanket to the wall. Familiarise yourself with the blanket. Remove it from the box, hold it in front of you with your hands being protected by the blanket and walk towards the cooker. Pretend that you are placing the fire blanket over the cooker. Be careful not to get oil stains on the cloth. After practice, carefully fold-up the blanket and store in its box or pouch again.
When tackling a fire in the kitchen, it will usually be on your cooker. Try to turn off the cooker. If fat is burning do not move the pot/pan, as the fire will spread if you drip fat. Pull out the fire blanket from its box or pouch and hold the fire blanket between you and the fire. Protect your hands in the sleeves of the fire blanket. Make sure your fingers are not exposed towards the fire. Place the fire blanket over the pot and move away. Do not lift the fire blanket until the fat is cooled down fully, as the fat might re-ignite if still hot. Throw fire blanket away after use.
Fitting a fire blanket in the kitchen is recommended as it is useful for combating pan fires, clothing fires and waste bin fires. A kitchen fire blanket should be installed approximately one or two metres away from the cooker so you can safely reach it should a fire start. Fire blankets are suitable for use in commercial kitchens or at home. They are cheap to buy, easy to fit and usually last for 7 years before they need replacing (unless they have been used in an emergency). When paired with either a water mist fire extinguisher or a wet chemical fire extinguisher, they provide great fire extinguisher coverage for any kitchen environment.