- To use on a fire, you have to move close to the fire, and your hands are particularly vulnerable
- You can only use on a very small and contained fire
- You probably only get one go at extinguishing the fire – if you fail to put it out, you can’t retrieve the blanket
A fire blanket is a safety device, usually made available along with other fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, which can be used to help extinguishing accidental fires. They operate on the principle that smothering a fire starves it oxygen, and is commonly used to put out chip-pan fires, as well as bodily fires.