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FIRE SAFETY

As with any dance form there is always the risk of injury should precautions and care not be taken.

I have decided to give you an article on Fire Safety. You might have things to add onto the list and is always important to remember that no matter how good you are at performing fire there is always a element of risk involved. Even the most professional performer can cause injury to themself

 

Fire Safety

 

Common Sense
NEVER dance with fire under the influence of any drug, including alcohol. Check the equipment you use to is free from damage including loose screws, frayed wick, deteriorating grips or other obvious defects. Only dance with fire what you are competent and comfortable doing and have practised extensively with unlit equipment. Don't fire dance in areas that are a fire danger, for example with overhanging trees, dry grass or loose foliage. Be aware of wind direction and that flames may travel if the wind is too strong.

Personal Safety
Never Fire dance alone, especially if you are new to fire dancing -- a second person can watch over your safety while you are using fire and help in case of any accident. Wear clothes of natural fibres (like cotton) that are not floppy or loose to avoid setting yourself on fire. Make sure you have safety equipment handy such as a fire blanket or damp cloth (that is *never* used to mop up fuel). Importantly, be confident with your fire safety equipment and KNOW HOW TO USE THEM before an accident occurs.

Safety of Others
Be very aware of your environment and the people in it. Make sure you have a lot of space around you when you Fire dance and keep an eye out for people who may wander by while you are dancing.

Spotters
Spotters are there to keep an eye out for any accidents which might occure while you are fire dancing such as setting yourself a light. They will be able to standby and be ready to put you out with a fire blanket or damp towel.
Spotters are also available at the event to ensure the dance area is keep clear of any wandering audience members to avoid any mishaps from occurring.

Fuels
The most common fuel used for fire dancing is kerosine (in Australia). Kerosene is known to contain harmful additives in other countries, so be sure to get some local fuel advice before using it elsewhere. Kerosene (or parafin) is an innexpensive and readily available fuel that has good qualities for dancing (a low burn temperature and high flash point). Similar fuels that are good for dancing include odourless kerosine and citronella oil. Make sure your fuel is in a well labeled, sealed container. NEVER ignite a fuel that you do not know is safe to twirl with. If you are unsure, you can obtain an MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) from your supplier to assess its safety properties.

Dipping
Dedicate a dipping space separate from the space you will be dancing in. At all times, keep fire away from the fuel and the dipping area. Fully submerge the wick in your fuel dipping container for a few seconds. Shake off as much of the excess fuel as possible to ensure that when you light up, you will not 'flick' ignited drops of fuel about your space.

Lighting
Light  AWAY from the dipping area with a candle or a lighter. Always light from below the wick to avoid engulfing the lighting instrument in flames. If you are using a lighter, do not keep it in your pocket or on your body while you are fire dancing - if it were to heat up it could explode.

Extinguishing
Fire wicks will naturally go out after a few minutes of dancing. Many people prefer to extinguish the wick either to end a dancing sect or to prolong the life of the wick (a smoldering wick will deteriorate faster than one that is extinguished). If a wick is nearly exhausted, you can blow it out starting at the base of the wick. Otherwise, smother it in a fire blanket or damp towel.

Be careful of your surroundings. If you drop your fire staff or poi, or if any fuel drips off your lit fire equipment, it may ignite the ground. The easiest way to put out small ground fires is to firmly stand on them in your shoes.

Should your clothing or any other object catch alight, smother immediately with either a fire blanket, damp towel or anything else available to put out the fire. Do not pat the fire as this will only encourage the flame -- cover it and hold until it is extinguished. Or extinguish with a fire extinguisher if one is available. If nothing is available and you have caught  a light, drop to the ground and roll to extinguish the flame.

First Aid
Tend to any burns by running the burn under cold running water. If the burn is major, seek medical attention.

 

 

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