Importance of Fire Blankets


Lets talk about the importance of Fire Blankets….

But not only that,  everything from fire blankets, fire extinguishers and fire hose reels!

Why are these items important in areas such as kitchens, cafes, workplaces and worksites etc.?

First and foremost we all know that prevention is better than cure…right? So, therefore, fire suppression products such as the above are so important when safeguarding areas against fire becoming out of control should one break out. For example, let’s take a busy kitchen at a restaurant in the case of a small oil fire.

Scenario #1 –  The chef gets distracted helping another kitchen hand,  while he has oil in a frying pan on the stove. He turns around to see the flames leaping out of the pan and looks around for a fire blanket to put over the flames and smoother the fire BUT there isn’t one in the kitchen. By the time he gets to the storeroom down the hall, locates it and gets back with the fire blanket the flames have caught onto a tea towel sitting beside the stove and the fire becomes out of control – with damage to both property and staff!

Now let’s take into account that this isn’t just careless but it also doesn’t meet the safety requirements of a commercial kitchen.

Scenario #2 – The chef gets distracted helping another kitchen hand, while he has oil in a frying pan on the stove. He turns around to see flames leaping out of the pan, he grabs the fire blanket off the hook above the stove and immediately smoothers the fire. Resulting in no damage to property or staff  – proving the importance of fire blankets, especially in kitchen areas.

As we can see from the real-life example above, making sure your fire suppression/management plan is executed and implemented well. Will be the difference between severe damage or loss of property and even lives in some cases. FIRE BLANKETS SAVE LIVES AND PROPERTY (when used properly in accordance with Australian Standards).

We have a full range of high-quality fire blankets in stock in Australia. Fire blankets are suitable for use on small to large fires depending on the size of the fire and the fire blanket. They are ideal for use, especially in kitchens, residential homes, workplaces/shops, boats, caravans, campsites and 4WDs.  Sizes include: 1m x 1m, 1.2m x 1.2m, 1.2m x 1.8m and 1.8m x 1.8m.

Importance of Servicing Your Fire Equipment!

There have been so many situations with devastating results due to a lack of servicing when it comes to fire extinguishers not being serviced every 6 months as per the Australian Standard: “The Australian Standard AS 1851-2012 guidelines state that[1]: All fire extinguishers have to be inspected at six-monthly intervals. If they don’t have a pressure gauge, they may need to be weighed to check they are still full.” This will ensure that whenever a fire extinguisher is needed in the case of a fire breaking out that the fire extinguisher has full pressure and will be the most effective. Otherwise, the risk of the actual substance inside the fire extinguisher being out of date or the pressure in the cylinder being gone will dramatically effect the effectiveness of extinguishing a fire and in some cases, won’t be effective at all!

Browse our full range of fire extinguishers here and order online or call our sales team to order replacements for your out of date or failed extinguishers:

The same goes for fire  hose  reels – the Australian standard states that: “The fire hose reel regulation that specifically deals with this is AS/NZS1221, in which it states that maintenance for fire hose reels must be carried out 6 monthly, to make sure that your reels perform to the expected standard during an emergency.” Again this ensures that your equipment is working to its full ability, therefore, giving you the best chance of extinguishing a fire effectively before it becomes out of control, causing unexplainable damage to property and in some cases lives.

View our range of fire hose reels and cabinets. We have fixed 36m reels which are the most commonly sold and used, especially in public areas such as schools and apartment buildings. Then there is the swinging 36m option which is used when installed in an area that may be difficult to pull the hose out if it’s flat to the wall. Last but not least for those areas that need extra length to reach all areas we have the 50m fixed option.

Are you aware of how simple and easy it is to have your fire equipment checked, serviced and certified every six months. All you have to do is Google  Fire Service Companies in your area or Test and Tag Companies in your local area, contact them and arrange your service (you will be surprised how long it is since your fire equipment was serviced). No hassle and you don’t need to do anything as these companies will take it from there and you can have 100% peace of mind that should the unlikely event of a  fire break out in your kitchen, workplace etc. all your fire suppression equipment will be working to their highest potential and fires can be dealt with quickly and effectively. Saving assets, property and most importantly lives.

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