Many years ago I commonly saw vertical fire blankets, such as the one in the top right at this site:
Our fire safety officer at the time said they were antiquated. When an individual would use it (idea is to connect into it and then turn in a circle while standing), the smoke and fire would go up to the person’s face. Eventually they were replaced with fire blankets in a box that are folded up.
I don’t have any of these at Cornell, but I still occasionally see these in lab buildings. They can also still be purchased.
This isn’t my area, and the other staff here don’t have experience with vertical blankets. Does anyone know if vertical fire blankets are considered acceptable/unacceptable and where that information is referenced?
Thanks for your help.
Erik A. Talley, Director
Environmental Health and Safety
Weill Cornell Medical College
402 East 67th Street, Room LA-0020
New York, NY 10065
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