The right safety equipment can make all the difference in an emergency. Minor incidents can be prevented from escalating into serious threats to life. In addition to fire extinguishers it is advisable to carry fire blankets on board your craft. At Pirates Cave we have fire blankets in both hard cases and soft shells which are ideal for marine use.
What Are Fire Blankets?
Fire blankets are flame resistant blankets which can be utilised to extinguish small fires. They can also be wrapped around yourself if your clothes are burning in order to put out the flames or to wrap around yourself to provide protection from a fire. Fire blankets work by smothering the flames and cutting off the oxygen supply that fires need to continue burning.
How to Use a Fire Blanket
As with all safety equipment, it is vital that you and your crew know how to use fire blankets properly. When tackling a small fire you should only attempt to use a fire blanket if it will cover all of the affected area. The blanket should be held by the straps with the top wrapped around the hands to protect them from the fire. Sleeves should be rolled up to prevent the fabrics from catching in the flames. Hold the blanket in front of you and place it over the fire. Do not throw the blanket in case you miss! Do not attempt to touch or lift the blanket until the fire is definitely out and the area has had time to cool down. Discard the blanket when it has been used and invest in a new one.
If your clothes or a crew members clothes have been set alight, a fire blanket can be an effective way to save the day. The affected person should wrap
themselves in the blanket and roll on the floor to extinguish the flames. You can also use the blanket as a shield to help you to escape from a fire without being burnt. If you do deploy a blanket as a means to protect yourself, then be careful not to develop a false sense of security. Blankets should always be used to aid your escape from a bad situation, not to enable you to run towards it.
Fire blankets should be carefully positioned so that they are easy to access. Mount blankets adjacent to fire hazards like the cooker in your galley and within easy reach. Check them regularly to ensure that they are not damaged and instruct all on board in their use. If in doubt, dont attempt to use the blanket. Escape from the affected area, close any doors and call for help.