Fire Safety

Fire Safety

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ALL FIRE PERFORMERS or anyone playing with Fire must attend a Fire Safety Meeting. They are held everyday of the event, most likely at 2pm. Information will be posted at Ranger Headquarters.

Fuel Dumps

  • Absolutely NO SMOKING near the fuel dump
  • Mark your can if you do not wish to share your fuel
  • 30 ft minimum distance from the fuel depot to light your prop
  • Spin off away from people, tents, structures, etc. and be aware of the wind

In case of a fuel dump fire:

  • STOP, wait, and assess the situation before reacting
  • Smother the fire with the lid if possible
  • Establish a perimeter around the fire
  • Use an extinguisher on the fire if possible
  • NEVER USE WATER on a fuel dump fire
  • Call the fire safety team ASAP

Fire Etiquette

  • You must have a safety whenever you are spinning
  • Both you and your safety must be sober (Rule of thumb: if you are good to drive a car, you are okay to spin. If you would not drive your car, don’t light up!)
  • Maintain at least a 20-30ft distance from structures
  • Maximum safety ratio is 3 to 1 but less is preferable
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Synthetic fibers are dangerous and natural fibers are safer; however, you make your own choices about what you choose to wear
  • Always inspect your props before lighting
  • White gas, lamp oil, and kerosene are the only approved fuels – if you use anything other than pure white gas, you must label your can accordingly
  • Fire Breathers must also talk to Nemo for special instructions

How to Safety

  • The way to call to a person who is on fire is “HOLD, *person’s name or prop’s name*, *body part that is on fire*.” Example: “HOLD, AMY, SHOULDER!” or “HOLD, HELIO STAFF, LEG!”
  • Give the performer the opportunity to put themselves out first – most fuel transfers are easily brushed out
  • If the fire lasts longer than 2-3 seconds, intervene with a towel AFTER ensuring that the performer knows you are coming in
  • Brush the fire down with your hands together over the towel to deprive it of oxygen
  • Wipe, not pat
  • Stop drop and roll is still good life advice in severe cases
  • If the spinner would prefer to put out their own prop, let them– they know their props better than you do
  • Use the “burrito strat” to put out wicks
  • Place the wick on the towel in front of you
  • Fold the towel away from you over the wick first
  • Fold the sides of the towel over the center to make a “burrito”
  • Suffocate the fire
  • Small puff of smoke indicates that the fire is out

Conclave Perimeter Tips

  • Face the crowd, not the structure
  • Get the first three rows of people to sit down if possible– creates a natural barrier
  • Eyes on the crowd; don’t turn around
  • Be friendly with the crowd. It’s totally cool to encourage your friends to sit near you and keep you company. Social capital matters!
  • Stay in place if someone successfully breaks past you– ONLY the inner perimeter has permission to charge the person rushing the circle
  • Stay on perimeter until you are released when the firefighters give the “all clear” for people to run around the effigy
  • If the fire is too hot, the crowd will naturally back up– back up with the crowd
  • If you feel uncomfortable at any time, tell one of the safety leads and we will replace you. Do not leave until you have been replaced.

The Facebook group is designed to help organize and distribute information for fire spinning at Love Burn 2016. If you would like to spin fire or perform in Conclave you came to the right place. Please read the documents and let us know if you have any questions.

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