Fire safety is a big problem in today’s world. Many people have lost their lives in fires in the past when preventative measures could have been taken to prevent this and prevent the fires from spreading in the first place. Building codes have also changed to ensure the safety of all occupants and visitors to the building. Exits and equipment must be clearly marked and easy to access and use.
However, the fact is that firefighting equipment can be too expensive to purchase. It’s not cheap to have a fire extinguisher on hand and the mess you leave later is another pot of fish. The best alternative for smaller fires in this case is the fire blanket. It is made for the express purpose of smothering the flames and ensuring that the flame does not spread. It is a much cheaper alternative to the fire extinguisher and does not cause a mess afterwards.
As a safety device, it can also protect someone escaping from a burning room as it is flameproof. It comes in several different sizes for a number of different uses. The larger 6 foot blanket could be used to adequately cover your body and help you escape from a burning building. The 1.2 meter blanket can be used on a person whose clothing is on fire. The smallest economy package (one square meter) can be used in kitchens to put out pan and stove fires.
As with all other fire fighting equipment, the fire blanket should be labeled as such. The signs include picture instructions and any other information a user might want to know about their use. These signs and instructions are usually in red and are placed next to a wall-mounted box or blanket pack. Instructions for use are printed in green on a white blanket. These instructions are below a white man (on a red background) with a blanket that he has pulled up as he is about to put out a fire. Sometimes the instructions are set in white on a red background and other times the instructions are in white on a green background.
Pictograms entered the scene when it was discovered that there might be a language barrier. Fire exit signs include pictograms. Along the same lines, fire fighting equipment has pictograms to show how it should be used. The man in the blanket is the universal sign.
The location is also important. In the kitchen, they should not be placed on top of a stove in case it is difficult to get there on time. Home kitchens may not need posters, but commercial kitchens do. They should be located a safe distance from the fire hazard, but not so far that the fire has time to spread before it can be contained.
It has become a requirement that all buildings have a fire blanket and a fire extinguisher. The reason for this is simple.
The blanket itself may not be enough to stop the fire. If the fire is electrical in nature, for example, a fire blanket will do little to stop it and you will need a foam or powder extinguisher. Even sand may be a better option. Mandatory signs on the fire blanket must be able to indicate what type of fires the blanket can handle. Follow instructions and safety rules, especially in emergency situations. It may save your life.