Creswick Woollen Mills have developed Personal Protection Blankets with the CFA & RFS for over 20 years.
Over years of tireless research in conjunction with Fire Authorities, Creswick Woollen Mills have developed a world class safety product. The unique fabric blends high quality Australian Wool with Aramid, a specialised synthetic fibre with exceptional strength and heat resistance properties.
The CFA encourages those who drive in bushfire prone areas to keep a woollen blanket in their car. This is an essential precaution during the warmer months.
WHY ARE PERSONAL PROTECTION BLANKETS SO IMPORTANT?
- Protection from radiant heat
- Protection from ember attack
A personal protection blanket will help protect you from radiant heat. Radiant heat is the heat you feel from a fire and it’s the biggest killer in a fire.
Personal protection blankets will also help protect you from ember attacks, such as burning twigs, leaves and pieces of debris landing and catching fire.
To find out more about radiant heat protection or ember attacks:
DO I STILL NEED A PROTECTION BLANKET IF I LIVE IN THE INNER CITY OR URBAN AREAS?
You might be thinking it is not a necessary item and we’re hoping you never are in a situation where you need one. We believe it is essential for every Australian to be prepared, being prepared brings peace of mind.
DO YOU TRAVEL THROUGH RURAL AREAS?
Family travels may take you to a bushfire prone area. By keeping a woollen blanket in your car, you are taking an essential precaution during the warmer months, and keeping your family safe while visiting these areas.
Aside from assisting you in the case of a bushfire, personal protection blankets can also be used for warmth and protection in the case of a break down or car accident. Our blankets are strong enough to be used as a stretcher.
Keep a personal protection blanket in your home and car for peace of mind, knowing you can protect yourself and your family.
ABOUT OUR WOOL BLANKETS
OUR BLANKETS UNDER FIRE
W20 Black Blanket
Fabric Composition – 95% Wool/ 5% Flame Retardant Synthetic
Blanket Size – 165cm x 210cm
Testing by ISO Standards in accordance with CFA Specification Personal Protective Blankets
AS2001.2.13 Mass Per Unit Area- 550gsm
This test observes behaviour after application of Flame
ISO 17493:2016- Tested at 180C as per requirements of AS/NZS4824:2009 Wildland Firefighting Specification and CFA Personal Protective Blanket Specification.
No Melting of the Blanket
No Dripping of the Blanket
No Charring of the Blanket
No Splitting, Deformation or holes in the Blanket
CFA requires Blanket not to shrink more than 5%
Test Result – Blanket shrunk under 180C less than 3%
This test identifies strength after application of Flame
ISO 15025 .18.104.22.168.(g) No Hole develops after application of flame
ISO 15025 .22.214.171.124.(b) No afterflame after application of flame
To increase your chances of survival in a car, CFA recommends to cover up with woollen blankets and get down below window level – this is your highest priority.
Refer to CFA website for more details on how to stay safe in the car: www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/staying-safe-in-the-car
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