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Many training videos and literature show people throwing fire blankets directly on the flames in a grease fire. It is better to try to put a lid on the pan first. Fire blankets work better when wet, but throwing a wet blanket on a grease fire can cause dangerous splattering.

Top Fire Blankets for the Offshore Sailor

Unlike extinguishers, it’s always ready to go.

Fire extinguishers are a U.S. Coast Guard requirement, and every boating instruction manual starts by telling you how many you need, where to mount them, and how to use them. Unfortunately, the manuals never go beyond that simplistic guidance, even though most fire-prevention authorities agree they are often not the best first response.

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