Lead study author Dr. Fumiaki Takahashi, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University, said in a statement released with the research that more work needs to be done.
“Current technology can protect an isolated structure against a relatively short wildfire attack and further technological developments are likely to enable this method to be applied to severe situations,” Takahashi said.
Takahashi was contacted by people in areas that are prone to wildfires and asked how to best protect their homes from fires, and he decided to begin studying different options. A patent he came across led him to fire blankets.
“I thought about a means to reduce wildland fire damage and found a U.S. patent ‘conflagration-retardative curtain’ i.e., a fire blanket, issued during World War II. In addition, the U.S. Forest Service firefighters managed to save a historic forest cabin by wrapping it with their fire shelter materials,” Takahashi said.
Takahashi suggests that the home fire blanket industry could become a large one if this technology advances a little further.