The DivCHAS email list talked about this 4 years ago (http://www.ilpi..com/dchas/2010/20100927b.html).
It seemed to me most commenters were in agreement that using a fire blanket to wrap a victim who is standing (with clothes on fire) would likely create a chimney effect, funneling hot gases to the victim’s face. Neal L. said that NFPA had not commented on this – just changed their emphasis from fire blankets to “STOP! - DROP! - ROLL!”
Does anyone have a citation for this change?
Do you have blankets in your labs?
What do you teach about fire blankets?
It worries me that the vertical fire blanket cabinets are still on the market and I’ve found web pages (including one University safety program and Wikipedia) still teaching the “wrap the standing victim” method.
“Prudent Practices” recommends a fire blanket as a last resort, but doesn’t give much explanation.
Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.
Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories
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