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news | 09.10.2023

Fire blankets save Lives

Fire blankets from Detectaplast: EN 1869:2019 Certified

Detectaplast offers fire blankets that meet the strict EN 1869:2019 standards, and they can make the difference between a small fire and a disaster. Let's take a look at why these fire blankets are so important, how to use them and when not to use them.

Purpose of EN 1869:2019: This European standard specifies the requirements and test methods for fire blankets used to extinguish incipient fires.Fire blankets complying with EN 1869:2019 are suitable for extinguishing small incipient fires, such as a flame in a pan of oil or a burning garment. They should not be used for larger fires where the fire has already spread and the situation has become dangerous.

Correct Use of Detectaplast's Fire Blankets

Using fire blankets requires composure, discipline and precision. Follow these steps to use them correctly

  • Get the fire blanket out: Remove the fire blanket from its cover, which comes with clear instructions.
  • Protect hands: Hold the fire blanket by the corners or handles to protect your hands from the heat.
  • Cover the fire: Place the blanket evenly over the fire, making sure the flames are completely covered. This cuts off the oxygen supply and extinguishes the flames.
  • Turn off the heat source: If safe and practical, turn off the heat source to minimize further risk.

Fire blankets: the first line of defense in the event of a fire hazard

1. Rapid and Effective Fire Fighting

Everyone understands that time is of the essence in emergency situations. Detectaplast's fire blankets offer a quick and effective way to extinguish small fires. Covering an incipient fire with the blanket smothers the flames and prevents further spread. Within seconds, the threat is neutralized.

2. Easy to Use

The ability to use fire blankets easily is essential in any environment. Detectaplast fire blankets are designed for both adults and children, regardless of experience. This ensures uniformity in emergency response and minimizes the learning curve.
It provides reassurance that even the youngest can help fight an incipient fire. Still, it is imperative that an adult preferably handle the fire blanket, always using caution to minimize potential risks.

3. Minimal Damage to Environment.

Nothing is worse than facing damage to your home or commercial building after extinguishing a fire.
Detectaplast's fire blankets leave no residue and cause no additional damage to the surrounding area. This is of particular importance, for example, in industrial kitchens and buildings, where a small fire should not lead to larger operational disruptions.

4. Broad-based, with attention to detail

Fire blankets complying with standard EN 1869:2019 are versatile, but it is important to realize that they are not suitable for all fire classes. They can be used effectively for Class A fires, such as fires involving solids such as wood, paper or textiles. However, using them for Class F fires, which occur with burning fats and oils in the kitchen, is not recommended. For Class F fires, it is essential to use specific fire blankets designed to withstand the high temperatures of oils and fats and extinguish the fire. Understanding the limitations of fire blankets is vital to effective and safe fire suppression.

When Not to Use

We wish Detectaplast's fire blankets could be used for anything, but there are situations where you have to be careful:

1. Large Fires. These fire blankets are designed for small, incipient fires. If the flames have already spread, leave the room immediately and call for emergency services. Your safety is paramount.

2. Unknown Fuels.
Before using the blanket, make sure you know what fire class you are dealing with (A, B, C, D, or F). Do not use a fire blanket if you are unsure of the fire class. Use the right extinguisher for the specific situation.

3. Hazardous Conditions.
If you should endanger yourself or others by using the fire blanket, flee immediately and call emergency services. Safety is always the highest priority.

4. Expired or Damaged.
Even your most reliable friend gets older. Check your fire blankets regularly to make sure they are in good condition and replace them if necessary.

Detectaplast's fire blankets, which meet EN 1869:2019 standards, are valuable partners in fire safety. They provide peace of mind and a structured response in emergency situations. Fire blankets are part of an overall fire safety strategy, along with smoke alarms, evacuation plans and other extinguishing equipment, to protect your home and workplace. Wouter Jacobs , CEO Detectaplast