Using a Fire Blanket

fire blankets BS EN 1869

What are fire blankets used for?

Fire blankets are an important fire safety measure. Made of fire-resistant materials fire blankets are particularly useful for smothering fat pan fires or wrapping around a person whose clothing is on fire.

What standards should they conform to?

Fire blankets must conform to British Standards BS EN 1869: 1997 for use in the home.

How to use a fire blanket

A fire blanket is most commonly used to tackle fat pan fires. As such it is most sensible to  keep them in the kitchen to ensure that the user can easily gain access to it. However, do not put the fire blanket too close to the cooker because you may not reach it in the event of a fire. Always place the fire blanket near an escape route so that you have the option to walk away and contact the Fire and Rescue Service should the fire be too large to tackle.

Fire blankets are only suitable when the fire is small, or Class F fires. These are especially helpful for Class F fires. These fires are typically caused by cooking fat oils. These types of fires should not be doused with water and you should use a fire blanket to put it out.

In the case of a fire and where safe, get as close to the fire as possible to place the fire blanket over the top of fire. The fire blanket will be marked to show whether it should be thrown away after use or used again after cleaning, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

The fire blanket can also be used on clothes. Should someone’s clothing catch fire a fire blanket can safely douse it. It provides a great solution to this situation. A fire blanket is strong enough to carry someone either by putting them on it and dragging them out of the door. This method should be used to transport someone when needed.

At IC International we know how important it is to have high-quality fire equipment that meets British regulations and standards. That is why we stock the BRIDELA™ Fire Blankets, fully certified to BS EN 1869: 1997.

Our fire blankets are efficiently packaged in a choice of containers such as red flexible P.V.C flat pack or red U.P.V.C tube pack, suitable for both domestic and industrial use. These fire blankets can be draped over a fire and smother the danger by starving the fire of oxygen.

There are many benefits for using a BRIDELA™ Fire Blankets. For example, the blanket is made from woven glass fibre fabric which is totally asbestos-free. The containers can be wall mounted to ensure full access whenever needed, whilst also giving easy withdrawal from the container.

IC International is a British manufacturing company who are certified (and independently audited) to the globally recognised international quality management standard ISO 9001. For more information on fire blankets, contact us at 01952 620206, email us or visit our website at


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