Why you need a fire blanket for your home, workplace kitchen, caravan or workshop

A fire blanket is an invaluable asset to help control a fire in your home or workplace kitchen. A fire blanket is made from a woven glass fibre, stored in a contamination and weather resistant protective cover. Fire blankets are wall mounted (pull to release from the bottom) and should be conveniently located near a stovetop or other source of ignition.
Russ Porteous
CEO, Firewize
Fire Blanket for Kitchens

We have had a fire blanket in our kitchen, laundry and amongst out camping equipment for as long as I can remember. Often underrated as first attack fire fighting equipment, our fire blanket is one item that I really trust, and probably the first item I would reach for if there was a small fire was in our home.

A fire blanket is a passive item of equipment needing almost no maintenance and is amongst the most reliable items of fire safety equipment you could have in your home!

Fire blankets come in a range of sizes including;

  • 1.0m x 1.0m - Ideally suited for a caravan or campervan
  • 1.2m x 1.2m - Great choice for your home kitchen
  • 1.2m x 1.8m - Minimum size for a home workshop or garage.
  • 1.8m x 1.8m - Perfect for a workshop, garage, commercial kitchen or other commercial applications

The size of a fire blanket should be selected according to the risk expected.  Where flammable liquids may be present and there is a risk to garments catching fire, a 1.8 x 1.8m fire blanket should be chosen.

A fire blanket works by smothering a fire, helping to reduce the available oxygen while protecting the user from radiant heat.

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Complete with a 3 year warranty*, our fire blankets are manufactured in according to the exacting requirements of Australian Standard AS/NZS 3504. We can supply any of three different size options for fire blankets to suit your requirements for home or business.

Where to install your fire blanket

There are two common locations used for the permanent fixing or mounting of a fire blanket. These three locations correspond to their typical and intended use;

  • adjacent, near or within a kitchenette, kitchen stove top or deep fat fryer;
  • in a garage or workshop where flammable fuels and/or oil may be stored or used.

These locations are important as they relate directly to the types of fires that are best suited for the application and use of a fire blanket.

  1. to control or suppress a hot oil or a small flaming fire; or
  2. to control or suppress a fire involving the ignition of the clothing worn by a person.

A fire blanket should be conspicuous in its location. It must be securely mounted to a wall or other structure close to the primary entry/exit point of the room of the area to be protected, and should also include a location sign so that it readily identifiable.

The mounting height of a fire blanket is not less than 2.0m from floor level to the underside of the fire blanket storage container.

How to maintain a fire blanket

A fire blanket like other types of fire and essential safety measures required routine (six-monthly) servicing. The requirements for this are set out in Section 11 of Australian Standard AS 1851 — Routine servicing of fire protection systems and equipment.

The routine service requirements for a fire blanket shall be conducted every six months and include the following routine service activities;

  1. Check that the fire blanket is conspicuous, readily accessible, securely mounted and installed in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2444, including its required signage;
  2. Check that the fire blanket and its packaging enclosure is not damaged or there are no obvious signs of use in the previous six months;
  3. Remove the fire blanket from its packaging enclosure and inspect it for damage, contamination or any other factor that could adversely affect its function.

An inspection tag or label shall be affixed to each fire blanket and a record of each inspection in the inspection shall be recorded in accordance with AS 1851.

It is generally accepted that in a home environment the inspection of a fire blanket (including a fire extinguisher or smoke alarm) should be conducted on or around the the change of daylight savings each year as follows;

  • Daylight Savings starts on the first Sunday in October; and
  • Daylight Saving ends on the first Sunday in April.

By conducting these maintenance checks you can be assured that your fire blanket will be ready for use in the unlikely event of a fire in your home, workplace kitchen, caravan or workshop.

How to use a fire blanket (kitchen, stovetop or oil fire)

A fire blanket mounted securely on the wall will have two pull tabs (white or black) at the bottom of its storage package. To use a fire blanket use the following steps;

1 PULL Pull the two loose tabs protruding from the bottom of the fire blanket storage container (bag) and pull the fire blanket from its bag.
2 HOLD Hold the tabs, spread your arms and raise the fire blanket to just below your eye level so that it forms a protective shield in front of you.
3 DRAPE Approach the fire with the fire blanket in front of you, gently placing the fire blanket completely over the source of the fire.
4 CONTROL If safe to do so, turn off the source of gas or electricity to prevent additional energy going into the fire.
5 WAIT Leave the fire blanket draped over the source of the fire for at least 30 minutes.

If necessary contact the fire brigade dial 000 (Australia) or the relevant telephone number in your country.

How to use a fire blanket for a garment fire involving a person

In addition to helping control or extinguisher a fire in the kitchen or workshop, a fire blanket may also be used to help extinguish a garment fire involving a person.

Before we get in to the how to, its worth noting that a fire blanket works by smothering a fire, so it's vital; that the fire blanket be left in place for an extended period of time while the fire is smothered and the heat of the fire is reduced.

In the case of a flaming garment fire, and if safe to do so, a fire blanket may be used as follows;

1 PULL Pull the two loose tabs protruding from the bottom of the fire blanket storage container (bag) and pull the fire blanket from its bag.
2 HOLD Hold the tabs, spread your arms and raise the fire blanket to just below your eye level so that it forms a protective shield in front of you.
3 DRAPE Approach the person on fire with the fire blanket in front of you, wrapping the fire blanket completely around the person at the location where the fire is most active. (depending on the size of the fire blanket, it may not completely cover the whole person).
4 CONTROL If safe to do so, remove the fuel source such as a flammable liquid.
5 WAIT Leave the fire blanket wrapped around the person for as long as possible or until it is clear the fire has stopped. (Note: removing the fire blanket could lead to the fire being reignited due to the availability of oxygen.)

When possible and as early as practicable  contact the fire brigade and ambulance dial 000 (Australia) or the relevant telephone number in your country.

Firewize stocks, sells and ships fire blankets across Australia

If you're looking for a fire blanket for your home, workplace kitchen, caravan or workshop, firewize offers a complete range of fire blankets and fire extinguishers to suit your needs. Click on one of the links below to take you directly to our online shop where you can select the right fire blanket for your needs;

In addition to purchasing a fire blanket, you may also consider one of our combination fire extinguisher fire blanket and fire extinguisher combination kits comprising;