Fire Blanket: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big fire blanket test 2020, where we present you all fire blankets that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best fire blanket for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page which you should pay attention to if you want to use a blanket

The most important facts in brief

  • An extinguishing blanket is a simple and complementary addition to hand-held fire extinguishers to quickly extinguish small fires and incipient fires by suffocation using the blanket. Larger fire blankets are also suitable for rescuing a person on fire.
  • Most fire blankets are made of a fibreglass fabric. Other materials are flame retardant treated wool, Nomex or Kevlar fabric.
  • Fire blankets are cheaper to buy than fire extinguishers. However, they are intended for single use only.

Fire blanket test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The best classic fire blanket
  • The best small fire blanket
  • The best medium sized fire blanket
  • The best large fire blanket
  • The best fire blanket in a double pack

The best classic fire blanket

The fire blanket from DRULINE is a classic model. The DIN EN 1869 fire blanket is made of 100% fibreglass and is heat resistant up to 1200 degrees. It has a dimension of 1×1 meter and is therefore suitable for every household.

The bag of the fire blanket is robust and has an eyelet. So you can hang the blanket on the wall and in case of fire you can open it simply by the drawstrings.

The best small fire blanket

The NoFire fire blanket Poly is a rather small fire blanket made of glass fibre fabric and heat resistant up to 1,250° Celsius. With its dimensions of 100 x 100 centimetres, it is one of the smaller fire blankets. For most incipient fires, however, this is perfectly adequate.

Due to the hole at the upper edge of the cover, the blackspur fire blanket is suitable for hanging on the wall. The fire blanket is also suitable for oil and grease fires due to its special impregnation on both sides.

The best medium sized fire blanket

The fire blanket from UNIMON is a medium-sized fire blanket with the dimensions 1.2×1.2 meters. It consists of 100% glass fibre and is DIN EN 1869 tested. The blanket is ideal to extinguish small fires in the household, camping, kitchen or even in workshops.

The eyelet on the upper wheel of the bag allows the fire blanket to be mounted on the wall, which makes it easy and quick to open (using the tabs at the bottom of the bag) in case of fire

The best large fire blanket

The NoFire fire blanket Poly is a large fire blanket made of glass fibre fabric and is heat-resistant up to 1,250° Celsius. With its dimensions of 160 x 180 centimetres, the fire blanket is one of the larger fire blankets. Due to its size, this blanket is better suited for rescuing people than smaller models.

The hole at the top of the cover makes the NoFire fire blanket Poly suitable for hanging on the wall. The fire blanket is also suitable for oil and grease fires due to its special impregnation on both sides.

The best fire blanket in a double pack

You get the Timtina extinguishing corner in a double pack (also available in larger multi-packs). This allows you to equip several rooms with fire blankets at once. One blanket measures 1×1 meter and is therefore suitable for small to medium-sized fires in the household or while camping.

The ceilings are made of fibreglass, which is heat-resistant up to 1200 degrees. These blankets are also equipped with an eyelet at the upper end of the bag, which ensures that the fire blankets can be hung up and easily opened.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before buying a fire blanket

Where can you buy a fire blanket?

Offline, fire blankets are available in almost every construction shop and specialist trade. Especially online you have the possibility to compare fire blankets with each other and thus get a quicker overview.
According to our research, most fire extinguishers in Germany and Austria are sold on the Internet via the following portals:

Amazon
Want
ebay
Obi
Onlineshops of the respective manufacturers

All fire blankets that we present to you on this page have a link to at least one of these shops, so you can strike right away when you have found a fire blanket that suits you and meets your requirements.

Did you know that a standard changed the name in 1869?
Since the introduction of the new standard in 1869, the previously called “fire blanket” was only called “fire blanket”. In practice, however, the old name is still used.

What does a fire blanket cost?

In principle, fire blankets are cheaper to buy than fire extinguishers. Depending, among other things, on the size, manufacturer and packaging, prices range from under 10 euros to 50 euros, and possibly even more. With a price of between 15 and 20 euros, you are definitely well off.
As standard, fire blankets are sold in simple, suitable packaging. If one prefers a dimensionally stable packaging, this can cost a few euros more. Basically, they hardly differ; almost all of them can already be hung on the wall.

What material are fire blankets made of?

Most fire blankets are made of a glass fibre fabric. There are also fire blankets made of flame retardant treated wool, Nomex or Kevlar fabric.
In the past the blankets were also made of asbestos. However, the production of asbestos fire blankets was stopped after it was discovered that the tiny asbestos fibres are harmful to health when they enter the lungs.

How do fire blankets work?

Extinguishing blankets are intended for extinguishing incipient fires. Their main extinguishing effect is to smother the flames by separating the oxygen from the combustible material.

The blankets are often placed right next to a fire extinguisher, directly on the wall. The cover has a gap at the bottom, in many cases the fire blanket is already hanging out with two tabs. In an emergency, the blanket can be pulled out and unfolded in just a few seconds.
Compartments at the corners allow the ceiling to be held and operated without burning your fingers.
Fire blankets are designed for single use only. Fibreglass blankets are disposed of after use or if damaged via the glass collection, the packaging via household waste.

How big is a fire blanket?

Fire blankets have a standard size of 100 x 100 centimetres. If the blankets are advertised especially for extinguishing people, they are usually somewhat larger, for example 120 x 120 or 100 x 125 centimetres.
Especially large blankets are 180 centimetres or 2 two metres long.
It is difficult to say which size is the right one. Smaller blankets are a little more handy, while larger ones can of course cover more fire area and are therefore better suited to extinguish people who have caught fire.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate fire blankets based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate fire blankets. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular product is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Size
  • Material
  • Maximalhitze
  • Suitability for wall mounting
  • Suitability for fat fires

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them. Some will influence your purchase decision more than others. Just imagine the situation in which you could use the fire blanket. Then choose the right fire blanket for you.

Size

The differences are usually not too big. Nevertheless, think about which size is best suited to where you might need to use the fire blanket.

For a small grill or a pan, a smaller blanket measuring 100 x 100 centimetres will probably be perfectly adequate. For people, especially adults, larger blankets are often more advantageous.

The weight is of course also related to the size. However, fire blankets generally weigh no more than 1.5 kilograms, and most of them only weigh less than one kilogram. No matter how big, the blanket will certainly not be too heavy for you.

Material

Most fire blankets are already made of glass fibre fabric. Occasionally you can still find flame-retardant woollen blankets or other materials.

Probably the material does not play too big a role in your purchase decision. If you want to use the blanket as protection in the kitchen, check whether the material is suitable for fat fires.

Maximalhitze

The maximum heat indicates how many degrees Celsius the ceiling can withstand. This information can be found in the manufacturer’s instructions and usually also on the storage cover of the fire blanket.

Most fire blankets are heat-resistant at temperatures up to 1,250° Celsius. A few are nevertheless only designed for lower temperatures, such as 550° Celsius. As fat can get particularly hot, it is best to buy a fire blanket for the kitchen for a maximum heat of 1,250° Celsius.

German statutory accident insurance experts in loss limitation and prevention
For fat fires and personal fires, the use of a fire blanket is not recommended. Hot fat vapours can ignite the blanket. Personal fires can cause considerable damage to the skin, as the blanket must be pressed firmly against the skin to extinguish the fire. In both cases the use of a fire extinguisher is recommended.
(Source: publikationen.dguv.de)

Suitability for wall mounting

Almost all fire blankets are sold in a cover that allows the ceiling to be hung on the wall.

It is practical to place the fire blanket next to the fire extinguisher, and if wall mounting is not possible, you can add an additional container.

Suitability for fat fires

Before you buy, think about whether or not you will use the fire blanket for fat fires or barbecues.

If this question is answered with YES, then buy a fire blanket that is also suitable for oil and fat fires.

Basically it is always an advantage to have such a fire blanket in stock. You never know what kind of fire you will really use it for. Furthermore, fat fires in the kitchen should not be underestimated. They occur more often and faster than you think.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about fire blankets

How and where should fire blankets be stored?

Fire blankets are handier than fire extinguishers and can also be stowed more easily in a kitchen box. The cover almost always has a hole at the top, which allows the blanket to be hung on the wall.

Where exactly the fire blanket is to be stored is up to each individual. It is important that it is quickly at hand in case of an emergency.

It is important with fire blankets, but also with fire extinguishers, that they are quickly at hand in case of an emergency and do not have to be searched for long!

Fire blanket containers or boxes are available for particularly safe storage. These are used especially in public places. In addition, a fire blanket in a first aid kit is never a bad idea.

Is it necessary to have fire blankets, like fire extinguishers, checked regularly?

For fire blankets there are no special regulations for testing and maintenance. Nevertheless, a regular visual inspection is recommended to ensure that the ceiling is in perfect condition.

In the manufacturer’s instructions you can read how the fire blanket is checked, maintained and then properly stowed away again.

What types of fires are there?

Not every fire is the same and can be extinguished in the same way. They are divided into different fire classes according to their type and have different causes.

You can find out what these are in the following table.