We don't place fire blankets in our labs any more, but our Associate Director of EHS keeps one in his office for emergency naps.
Wayne Wood | Associate Director, University Safety (EHS) - Directeur Adjoint, Direction de la pr=C3=A9vention (SSE), Services universitaires | McGill University | 3610 McTavish Street, 4th floor | Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3A 1Y2 | Tel: (514) 398-2391 | Fax: (514) 398-8047
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List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Barbara
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 12:46 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Use of a fire blanket
I have received the following question from a colleague-your input would be much appreciated.
"Hi, I have been receiving emails regarding the dangers associated with using fire blankets and I'm concluding that we should probably not use them to wrap up someone who might be on fire in one of our labs....
Fire blankets are valuable in labs for a variety of purposes. One of those does not happen to be wrapping yourself in them to extinguish your clothing fire. In addition to trapping the heat, the fire blanket creates a chimney effect and directs the hot, toxic gases, and flames into your face, breathing zone and lungs.
Whether you go to the shower or not depends on your distance. For anything more than 2-3 steps, please stop, drop, and roll. Someone else can get the blanket and use it to help smother the flames. Then, cool off in the shower.
Blankets can also be used for (1) shower modesty curtains, (2) wraps for
after the shower, (3) a temporary stretcher, (4)to keep someone warm to
avoid shock, (5) a pillow if the victim needs to be on the floor, and (6) to
smother other fires."
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