Using a Fire Blanket - and How to Use It Correctly

Properly utilizing a fire blanket is crucial for any escape plan during a house fire. Fire blankets are designed to smother flames by cutting off the fire's oxygen supply. They can also serve as a "shield," allowing people to move through flames to safety. Regardless of the scenario, they are easily manageable—particularly advantageous for initial fires compared to fire extinguishers, which can be cumbersome and leave residue or toxic foam.

Different types of fire blankets are available. You might find some at hardware stores, but these are strictly intended for firefighting purposes and not for cuddling.

On the other hand, our ASK THE FOX Lifestyle Blankets are warm, comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and readily accessible on your sofa or kitchen bench in case of a fire threat.

So, how do you specifically use the ASK THE FOX Lifestyle Fire Blanket? In this guide, we provide 4 steps to extinguish a fire and ensure the safety of your loved ones.

Step 1: Spread out the Blanket

Step 2: Cover the Fire with the Blanket

Hold the upper corners of the blanket. Wrap the edges around your hands to shield yourself from the heat. Once the blanket is securely held, use it like a shield, positioning it in front of you. Then, spread it over the fire. Start from the edges and work your way towards the fire's center.

Pro Tip: Never toss the blanket onto the fire. This might cause flames to lick over the blanket, worsening the situation.

By the way, if you have fire-resistant gloves at home, use them. Put them on before using the fire blanket to ensure maximum protection.

Step 3: Smother the Heat Source

If you're dealing with a fire caused by a heat source (e.g., stove or oven fires), turn off the heat source. This accelerates the fire's extinguishing process.

Step 4: Wait for the Fire to Extinguish

Leave the blanket on the fire until it's extinguished. This typically takes around 15 minutes or longer. Allow some time to pass and remove the blanket only once it has cooled down.

A fire blanket is a proven tool for fire protection. But consider investing in quality, such as an ASK THE FOX Lifestyle Fire Blanket. It's lightweight, easy to use, certified, and, in short, the perfect solution to your concerns.


Firefighters, first responders, and countless families already rely on our Lifestyle Fire Blanket from ASK THE FOX. And while you're at it, feel free to explore other ASK THE FOX fire protection products, such as pot holders, floor protectors, or handyman blankets.