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Fire Blankets and Extinguishers

Fire blankets can be used to extinguish small fires in the home, caravan, boat or garage. They can also be used to wrap around a person whose clothes have caught alight.

It is best to store fire blankets in or adjacent to a kitchen but not too close to a potential hazard for example above a stove.

Constructed of fibreglass, fire blankets can withstand temperatures up to 500 Celsius are compact and portable and easily stored. The blankets are packaged in a high quality, quick-release PVC container.

Fire blankets come in a range of sizes and can be purchased from fire safety equipment suppliers and major hardware stores.

DFES recommends fire blankets should only be used once and then replaced after use.

Safety tips

  • It is important to purchase a fire blanket that carries the Australian Standards Mark AS 3504
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

Fire extinguishers

It is very important to purchase the correct fire extinguisher to suit the environment in which it will be used.
Using the wrong extinguisher type on a fire may have disastrous consequences, causing the fire to spread or result in the operator being injured.

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