Which Welders Blanket should I buy?
Light duty blankets 1 x 2 metre or 2 X 2 metre conform to EN476-7, have a one hour fire rating, a temperature threshold of 550 degrees C and are suitable for welding and grinding applications. Typically made from fibreglass, offering protection from sparks & welding spatter.
Heavy duty blankets come in several different sizes including 2 x 0.9 metres or 3 x 1.8 metres are made from silicate fibre, have a 2 hour fire rating and a temperature rating of 1200 degrees C. Whilst they are utilised as a weld spatter barrier, they can also contain molten metal and are extremely tear resistant. Typiically protecting the marking & scratching of paintwork. With this in mind, The British manufactured Tusker WBN11 offers best in class, heavy duty durability.
It is essential for hot work & welding tasks to be contained and safe at all times.It is important that all the security precautions are in put in place in order to prevent spatter damage or the ignition of materials.
How does a welding blanket provide protection?
The typical blanket is made out of fire retardant or fire resistant materials and is an essential accessory found in industrial welding environments. Whilst it is possible to melt and damage a welding blanket, they will never burn, so there is less risk of a fire developing during hot work operations. This type of protective product has several different uses (as outlined above) and it can be employed as an emergency solution in the event of stray sparks causing a fire, if necessary.
In the past, asbestos was commonly used to line blankets, but the products available at Foster Industrial are constructed from non-toxic and tear resistant woven glass & silicate fibre. With blankets available from Foster Industrial in roll form or in a range of different sizes (1 to 2 metres), you choose your level of protection according to the welding application.