Hopefully, you carry it around in your backpack for years or even your entire mountain life, you always have it with you and yet you fervently hope that you will never have to use it - the rescue blanket. And when you do need it? Often comes the big question, "How do I even use the rescue blanket?" The use is usually never practiced.
Learn in the following blog post everything important about the use of the emergency blanket and which side is facing outward. So you are well prepared in case of emergency.
How does an emergency blanket work?
A rescue blanket consists of two different sides.
- One side cools.
- The other warms.
So it can protect you not only from cooling, but also from overheating. Conventional emergency blankets, as the name suggests, consist of a simple foil. These emergency blankets are included in every first aid kit.
However, rescue foils are not particularly robust. A long stay in your hiking backpack they would hardly survive undamaged. This is simply due to the material used and the original area of application.This rescue foils are actually only for ashort-term application intended. On a long hiking tour, however, it may take a long time for help to arrive. Especially if you want to use the emergency blanket as protection against the cold, you should fall back on the right hiking equipment.
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Why should you carry a rescue blanket when hiking?
Actually, hiking is all about clearing your head and getting rid of all your everyday worries. Doesn't carrying an emergency blanket get in the way of that? It is understandable that some hikers consider emergency blankets to be absolutely superfluous. In the best case scenario, they actually are.
But what if you have to spend an emergency night outdoors? A change in the weather or even an injury can surprise the best hiker at any time. It doesn't even have to be you.
There are other creatures out in nature. Everyone can be in need of help at some point. Therefore, it is always advisable to be prepared for all eventualities of life.
Expert Tip: It is better to pack too much than too little.
Application: Which side of the emergency blanket is for what?
Depending on how you use the emergency blanket it can be protect from cold or heatn. Of course, the question arises: When I use the emergency blanket, which side do I use?
Which side of the emergency blanket is cooling?
As you know, there are rescue blankets and rescue sheets. The rescue foil has a silver and gold side. To use the cooling properties, the silver side should face outward.
If you want to use a high-quality outdoor emergency blanket as heat protection, the silver side should also face outwards. This reflects the sun's rays.
Which side of the emergency blanket warms?
And to protect against the cold? Which side of the emergency blanket is used here? To take advantage of the warming properties, the silver side should be inside. Especially in winter, protection from ground cold is also important. But in the rarest of cases, two emergency blankets are available.
A great solution offers our Bivy sack. The ultra-light emergency blanket, with low weight and pack size offers optimal all-round protection. The highlight: The orange pack sack serves as a practical reminder tool. It shows you how around the emergency blanket is used. For protection from the cold, the orange side also faces outwards.
Step-by-step instructions: The correct use of a rescue blanket
Step 1: Open the package and unfold the rescue blanket
Remove the rescue blanket from its packaging and carefully unfold it. Most rescue blankets come in a compact, folded form. Gently shake the blanket to fully unfold it and ensure it is ready for use. Check the blanket for any damage or holes before using it.
Step 2: Select and position the protective side
As you now know, an emergency blanket has two sides - one silver and one gold. The color choice is important because each side has different functions. Choose the side based on the current weather conditions and situation.
Step 3: Wrap the rescue blanket around the body
Hold the rescue blanket close to your body and wrap it around you. Make sure it covers your entire body surface to provide the best possible protection from the cold or heat. The blanket should fit snugly to minimize heat loss. However, leave enough slack so that you can still move comfortably.
Step 4: Cover your head and hands
For additional protection, you can place the blanket over your head. Form a sort of hood to completely cover your head and trap warmth. Be careful not to restrict breathing. You can also wrap your hands in the blanket to keep them warm and protect them from hypothermia.
Step 5: Ensure wind and rain protection
ÜCheck that the rescue blanket fits properly and that there are no openings through which wind or rain could enter. If necessary, you can weigh down the edges of the blanket with rocks or other objects to ensure it stays in place. This will help improve protection from the elements and keep your body dry.
Step 6: Stay Calm and Wait for Help
After you've properly applied the rescue blanket, stay calm and wait for help. The blanket provides some protection from the elements, but it does not replace the need to get help as soon as possible. Keep warm and try to use as little energy as possible until rescuers arrive.
The Alpin Loacker Bivy sack is packed in a practical pack pouch and can be repacked more often. The small bag fits in any backpack. It is only about the size of a fist. Since it is Safety equipment we would like to urge you not to save on this point. Neither in size nor in price.
It's better to carry something around for years and never need it than to have an accident and not be able to help yourself or others. Another plus point for the orange color ⇒ it can be recognized by the rescue team from some distance during helicopter rescues.
Is a rescue blanket reusable?
Conventional rescue sheets are intended as disposable protection and must be disposed of after use. Our high-quality outdoor rescue blanket, on the other hand, can be used several times if used properly. However, store it only in dry condition.
What material is a rescue blanket made of?
As you know, a rescue blanket consists of a thin film with two different coatings. Our emergency blanket in practical bivy sack form is made of high-quality materials. Inside there is an aluminum-coated side that protects you from the cold by reflecting your body heat. The orange outer side is made of a sustainable material mix with waterproof and windproof properties.
Can a rescue blanket replace a sleeping bag?
A rescue blanket is designed for emergency use. It can reflect about 90% of your body heat. However, it is less suitable for continuous use. In this case, a high-quality sleeping bag is the better choice.