From: "Alnajjar, Mikhail S" <ms.alnajjar**At_Symbol_Here**PNNL.GOV>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Fire blankets?
Date: September 19, 2012 5:35:24 PM EDT
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NFPA 45 (A.
1. Wrestle victims to the floor and roll them to smother the flames and to keep the flames out of the victim's FACE.
2. Safety showers*, fire blankets**, or fire extinguishers are of secondary importance.
Note: use fire retardant clothing for staff with routine exposure to sparks, flames, and pyrophorics.
*Use safety showers only if the victims are within couple of steps of the shower.  Running to the safety shower while the victim is on fire is not practical approach.
**Wrapping in a fire blanket creates a chimney effect and directs the hot, toxic gases, and flames into the FACE of the victim, breathing zone, and lungs.  This, of course, defeats the purpose.
-----Original Message-----
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Ralph B Stuart
Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:30 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Fire blankets?
A question arisen about whether fire blankets should be part of a response to a person on fire in a laboratory. What is the current thinking on this issue?
Thanks for any help with this.
- Ralph
Ralph Stuart CIH
Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Environmental Health and Safety Cornell University

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