Most house fires start in the kitchen, and most fires in the kitchen are caused by either a lack of concentration or because the person was interrupted by an unexpected occurrence. This could be something simple such as the telephone ringing, a caller at the door or maybe one of your children.
One of the main causes of fire in the kitchen is dealing with very hot oil. Cooking oil, if not monitored, can reach such high temperatures as to catch alight in an instant.
A fire blanket is a safety device designed to extinguish small starting fires.It consists of a sheet of fire retardant material which is placed over a fire in order to smoother it. Small fire blankets, such as for use in kitchens and around the home, are usually made of fiberglass, and are folded into a quick-release contraption for ease of storage.
Fire blankets can be used to extinguish small fires in the home, caravan, boat or garage, also ideal for covering someone who has actually caught fire and can also be worn over the head if you need to pass an area that is on fire or where extreme temperatures are causing difficulty.
Every home should have a fire blanket located in the kitchen, BBQ area or where cooking takes place. It is best to install fire blankets in or adjacent to a kitchen – but not too close to a potential hazard. When you consider the minimal cost to purchase one against the protection they provide for your loved ones, home and your personal effects they are one of the best investments you will ever make. Never hide them away in draws or cupboards and expect to find them easily when a fire takes hold. Placing them near to an exit ensures that you have away out should the fire blanket not be enough or if things go wrong.