Fire Blankets & Screens

Goals

To provide information on the use of fire blankets — specifically, the protection drapes, blankets, and screens that are used in conjunction with HSC requirements and "Hot works" — in the UK industries. This includes the different kinds of 'hot works'; the types of 'hot works', industries, or scenarios where fire blankets are used; the pain points of using fire blankets that are unique to each of these scenarios; and the size range of blanket(s) that each user would require.

Early Findings

  • "'Hot works' is defined by the British Standards Institution (BSI) in BS 9999 as any procedure that might involve or have the potential to generate sufficient heat, sparks or flame to cause a fire."
  • Based on this definition, the common types of hot works are below, According to the source, the list isn't exhaustive but does include the most common examples of hot work:
    • Welding, brazing, and soldering.
    • Grinding and cutting.
    • Thawing pipes.
    • The use of open flames, blow-lamps, and torches.
    • Using bitumen and tar boilers.
    • The use of hot air blowers and lead heaters.
  • Most mentions of industries where 'hot works' are used are in the construction industry. Another mention, though from an EU source shows that 'hot works' are used during maintenance in the chemical industry.

Summary

  • During our preliminary research, the research team covered the different types of "hot works", as well as provided brief information on the scenarios that would require protection blankets. However, due to time constraints, as highlighted, further research will be required to find out for each 'hot works' type, those that require protection blankets or screens, especially the relevant UK HSE requirements on 'hot works'.
  • Also, we did not cover the unique pain points for each user scenario and the size range of blanket(s) that each user would require. However, we feel that such information may be limited, especially from relevant government-related resources. But adopting a general focus on 'hot works', may likely increase the chances for a fruitful research path.

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