Why is Aramid Used in Wool Fire Blankets?
Aramid is a shortened word for “aromatic polyamide”. Aramid fibres are present in PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) which is used in firefighter's equipment and Creswick’s wool fire blankets!
In 2022, Creswick Woollen Mills continue to supply high quality wool fire blankets for personal use. Our wool fire blankets are blended with Aramid which is a specialised synthetic fibre with exceptional strength and heat resistance properties. Creswick’s wool fire blankets are used by the Country Fire Authority Victoria and the Rural Fire Service New South Wales, so you can be confident in their quality and protection.
Aramid fibres are a class of high-density synthetic fibres. Aramid handles similarly to normal textile fibres and is characterised by excellent resistance to heat. It is also extremely strong, with a higher tensile strength than spun steel. Aramid is used extensively in aerospace and military applications and can be found in flame resistant and heat protective clothing, ballistic rated body armour, ropes, and cables, as well as thermal and electrical insulation.
The Benefits of Aramid Fibres Over Other Synthetic Fibres:
- No melting point – degradation starts at 500 degrees Celsius
- Low flammability
- High tenacity
- Good resistance to abrasion
- Good resistance to organic solvents
Aramid fibre features excellent thermal resistance, which means that it does not melt or catch fire at a typical oxygen level. This material was very quickly used to manufacture protective clothing.
Although, when Creswick’s aramid-blended wool fire blankets are used (exposed to heat or flame) – they cannot be reused. Due to the nature of the fibres within Creswick’s wool fire blankets, they act as a fire retardant which will suppress flames or embers whilst compromising the integrity of the blanket. However, this is ultimately the key to protecting the user of the personal protection wool fire blanket – the most important benefit of using aramid and wool fibres.
How to use Creswick’s Wool Fire Blankets:
- For cover in a car laying below window-height
- To protect against flames and thermal heat
- To extinguish a small fire
- To walk over flames to escape emergency situations
- To protect against sparks from cutting tools
- Bushfire protection
- Use as a stretcher in emergency situations
Check out our Wool Fire Blanket Collection:
- Olive Personal Protection Wool Blanket
- Black Personal Protection Wool Blanket
- RFS - R2 Personal Protection Wool Blanket
- CFA Grey Personal Protection Wool Blanket - C