Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 16:35:46 -0700
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From: Neal Langerman <neal**At_Symbol_Here**CHEMICAL-SAFETY.COM>
Subject: Re: Vertical Fire Blankets
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Erik –

The NFPA stopped recommending these when the adopted “Stop. Drop. Roll”  This was way back in my JT Baker days – early 80s.  I have not seen a reference to support this, they just changed their emphasis.

Your analysis is correct, however.  The chimney effect is why they are not acceptable.  Stop, Drop, Roll works anywhere and is much easier to teach


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Erik A. Talley
Sent: Saturday, September 25, 2010 1:26 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Vertical Fire Blankets

Many years ago I commonly saw vertical fire blankets, such as the one in the top right at this site:

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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
Cornell University
402 East 67th Street, Room LA-0020
New York, NY 10065



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