Emergency Blankets: General Instructions for Survival

Sometimes called space, thermal or foil blankets, ultra-thin reflective Mylar emergency blankets provide excellent protection in severe weather, yet it is crucial to understand how they work so you can use them correctly for optimal results.

How Emergency Blankets Work

Emergency blankets prevent heat-loss from radiation (this is how the majority of our body heat is lost). Radiation is when heat radiates away from its source. This is where your Emergency Blanket shines.  It allows hot pockets of air to form between you and the blanket, containing your body heat to keep you warm.

Your Emergency Blanket requires insulation in certain cases to prevent body heat loss through conduction. By laying the blanket on the bare ground, for example, there is no “dead air space” for the hot air to collect so, by the process of conduction (heat loss by touching something cold) your body may lose heat by the blanket touching the cold ground.

No worries!  In this case, a layer of insulation on top of the blanket (such as leaves, clothing or a sleeping bag) will keep you warm when lying on the ground.

 

Survival Instructions

*  To sit or squat, wrap the blanket firmly around your jacket and body to prevent heat loss and to stop wind from getting under the blanket.

*  To lie down, place one emergency blanket on the ground and cover with a layer of leaves and wrap another blanket around yourself before lying down.

*  If you have a sleeping bag, use the blanket underneath as a ground tarp OR line the insides of your bag and you’ll be toasty in no time. Better yet, do both.

*  Your goal is to keep warm and DRY, not damp or wet. Overheating and becoming sweaty may lead to hypothermia if re-exposed to the cold. If sweating begins to occur, use extra clothing or dry leaves for absorbtion.

*  Emergency Blankets are tough and tear-resistant. As with all Mylar products, it is recommended to avoid sharp or piercing objects when using.

*  Wrap loosely when using inside jackets, clothing or sleeping bags to maximize air pockets facilitating heat retention and to prevent potential tearing.

*  Mylar does not breathe. Never cover your face and head completely, and be cautious with use around children.

Crinkly, yes, and when doing their job, the sound will be like a song.

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More Great Survival Uses

*  Create a makeshift shelter in the advent of sudden storms. Make buttons by looping a slip knot over the corners of blanket and use to tie it down

*  Make a signal that acts like a giant mirror. Place on the ground with rocks on top, or cut to communicate a message such as SOS

*  Twist into an antenna to boost cell phone, radio, or TV reception

*  Create a reflective shelter to keep cool during extreme heat

*  Use in a shallow creek during a forest fire to make an air pocket to breath while the fire passes over. (Mylar melts at 254°C so there is little fire danger)

*  Reflect the sun onto tinder to build a fire

*  Use to catch snow and rain for water

*  Use as ground tarp to keep water out

*  Wrap around your body, or inside clothes, boots and gloves to maintain 90% body heat

*  Wrap around your body for protection against extreme wind, rain and snow

*  Keeps you and everything else dry in the event off sudden storms

 More is Better!
Always carry several Mylar Blankets with you to have plenty on hand for the many applications you may need.

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