Importance of Fire Blankets in Commercial Kitchens and Workplaces

Let’s talk about the importance of fire blankets – not only fire blankets, but also fire extinguishers and fire hose reels. Why are these items important in areas such as commercial kitchens, cafes, workplaces and job sites?

Above all, we all know that prevention is better than cure. Therefore, fire extinguishing products such as the ones mentioned above are very important to protect areas from out of control fires, should they break out. For example, consider a busy kitchen in a restaurant in the event of a small oil fire.

Scenario 1: The chef is distracted by helping another cook, while he has oil in a frying pan on the stove. He turns to see flames shooting out of the pan and looks for a fire blanket to cover the flames and smother the fire – but there is none in the kitchen. By the time he gets to the storage room at the end of the hall, locates him and returns with the fire blanket, the flames have caught on a tea towel sitting next to the stove and the fire is spiraling out of control – with damage to both property and to staff.

This is not only negligent, but also fails to meet the safety requirements of a commercial kitchen.

Scenario #2: The chef is distracted by helping another cook, while he has oil in a frying pan on the stove. He turns around to see flames springing from the pan, grabs the fire blanket from the hook above the stove, and immediately smothers the fire. This prevents damage to property or personnel, proving the importance of fire blankets, especially in kitchens.

As we can see from the real example above, when your fire suppression/management plan is executed and implemented correctly, you can prevent damage and loss of property or even life. Fire blankets save lives and property (when used correctly to 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, residences, workplaces/shops, boats, caravans, campsites and 4x4s. Sizes include: 1m x 1m, 1.2m x 1.2m, 1.2m x 1.8m and 1.8m x 1.8m.

The importance of maintaining your fire equipment

There have been so many situations with devastating results when fire extinguishers are not serviced every 6 months to Australian standard.

Australian Standard AS 1851-2012 guidelines state that all fire extinguishers should be inspected every six months. If they don’t have a pressure gauge, you may need to weigh them to make sure they’re still full.

This will ensure that whenever a fire extinguisher is needed in the event of a fire, it will have maximum pressure for maximum effectiveness. Otherwise, the risk that the substance inside the extinguisher is expired or the pressure in the bottle is low will greatly affect its ability to quickly put out a fire.

Our complete range of fire extinguishers

ABE Dry Chemical Range: Suitable for use on paper, wood, textiles, flammable liquids such as petrol and diesel, and live electrical equipment

CO2 carbon dioxide range: Suitable for use on flammable liquids such as gasoline and diesel, and energized electrical equipment

Water extinguisher: Suitable for use on paper and wood textiles

Foam fire extinguisher: Suitable for use on polar/alcohol solvent type fires

Wet chemical fire extinguisher: Suitable for use on paper, wood, textile, cooking oil and grease fires

The same goes for fire hose reels, with AS/NZS 1221 stating that fire hose reel maintenance should be carried out every six months to ensure your reels are performing to expected standards. in case of emergency.

Again, this ensures that your equipment is operating at full capacity, giving you the best chance of effectively extinguishing a fire before it spirals out of control, potentially causing serious property damage and even lives.

Our range of fire hose reels and cabinets includes 36m fixed reels, which are the most commonly sold and used, especially in public places such as schools and apartment buildings. Then there is the 36m swivel option, which is installed in areas where it can be difficult to remove the hose if it is flat against the wall. For buildings that need the extra length to reach all areas we have the fixed 50m option.

Do you know how easy it is to have your fire equipment checked, serviced and certified every six months? All you have to do is google “fire companies” in your area or “test and identify companies” in your area, contact them and arrange your service. You don’t have to do anything as these companies will take care of it from there and you can have 100% peace of mind that all your fire extinguishing equipment will be working to its full potential if a fire breaks out in your kitchen or workplace, allowing you to respond to fires quickly and efficiently, saving assets, property and, most importantly, lives.

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Rozella J. Cook