Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:28:18 -0700
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From: "Kennedy, Sheila" <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**UCSD.EDU>
Subject: Re: Vertical Fire Blankets
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We have not replaced the few we have - they're still good blankets - but we
 did cover the instruction to "pull & turn."

Sheila M. Kennedy, CHO
Safety Coordinator
Chemistry & Biochemistry Teaching Laboratories
University of California, San Diego
(858) 534-0221 

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muella B. Sigmann
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Vertical Fire Blankets

Hi Erik - I replaced all of mine with the bright orange bags because I 
read somewhere that the vertical cabinets had been banned due to the 
"chimney affect" that you are talking about. I wish I could remember 
where I saw that, but I can't - old age is a terrible thing.


Erik A. Talley wrote:
> 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
> ____________________________
> 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
> 646-962-7233
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