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(IJ 3/02)

Fire Blanket

Manufacturer/Supplier: Various Suppliers
Model/Type: Fire Blanket

Reason for Issue of Safe System of Work

(Please Indicate as Appropriate)

X Review of Existing Equipment
  Adaption/Modification of Existing Equipment
  Evaluation of New Equipment
  Initial Issue of Equipment
  Other (Please Specify):

Schedule A - Legislation Applicable
Schedule B - Function
Schedule C - Specifications
Schedule D - Method of Use
Schedule E - Limitations of Use
Schedule F - Safety Features
Schedule G - Maintenance
Schedule H - Additional Information/Significant Hazard
Standard Test

Any Additional Comment(s)

Not applicable

Follow Up Action Required

Not applicable

Review Date (If Applicable)

5 Years


Name: Kerry Charlton
Rank: Watch Manager
Post Held: Community Response Support
Date of Assessment: 28th February 2013

Schedule A (Legislation Applicable)

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Schedule B (Function)

Fire blankets are used primarily for extinguishing small, contained, oil fires, E.g, chip pans.

Schedule C (Specification)

Size: Various, between 900 – 1800mm square
Construction:  Generally glass fibre and possibly with handles

Schedule D (Method of Use)

Unwrap the blanket grasp 2 of the corners with the gloved hands, wrap the hands in the corners so that the  hands, arms and body are behind the blanket and the operative is protected.  With care approach the container placing the blanket over the container, ensuring sufficient the fibre blanket overlaps all the way around.  Take care not to disturb the liquid or blanket.  Ensure the heat source is isolated.  Do not remove the blanket until the liquid is cook, as re-ignition is possible.

Schedule E (Limitations of Use)

Only suitable for small contained fires.

Consider the size of the container in relation to the size of the fire blanket (is the blanket big enough to cover the contained?)

Schedule F (Safety Features)

The blanket material ensures very low conduction of heat. Whenever the blanket is deployed, ensure a secondary form of firefighting media is available.  Always wear full PPE to include full fire kit, gloves, helmet.  The helmet visor should be used in the down position to protect the face from radiating heat.

Schedule G (Maintenance)

Visual inspection to ensure that the blanket is undamaged by fire or storage.  If the blanket has been scorched or burnt, then consider replacement.

Schedule H (Additional Information)

Not applicable.

Test Frequency and Competency Levels

Visual inspection to ensure the blanket is undamaged.

- On acceptance
- Quarterly
- After operational use

Schedule H (Additional Information)

Not applicable.