12 Apr Online Manufactures Selling Fake Fire Blankets
Warning About Fake Fire Blankets
Britain’s fire services are called out to over 20,000 kitchen fires every year. These fires can get out of control in seconds, causing untold damage and putting lives in danger.
It has been recently uncovered by the BBC programme Fake Britain that thousands of cheap fire blankets are being sold online. Many of these blankets are untested and are putting lives at risk.
The progamme highlights one case where a consumer bought a seemingly legitimate fire blanket online and later discovered some worrying features that made him question the quality and safety of that fire blanket.
He said: “The packaging of the product looked very unusual. Where you would expect to see a manufacturer, a country of origin, there’s nothing there.”
The customer also noticed the wording of the instructions were misspelled with grammatical errors.
What to look out for
There are no compulsory standards for fire blankets in Britain. However, there is voluntary European standards that they can be tested to.
Genuine fire blankets that meet the standards are proven to supress a fire within seconds, cutting the fire of oxygen and wouldn’t reignite if the blanket was removed after 17 minutes.
If the blanket meets the correct standards it should contain a label relating to the manufacturers name, the manufacturers address and a model reference. If the blanket does not contain this, it means it has not been approved by British Standards.