NAFAA Performer Safety Guidelines. (Revision 2.1)
The purpose of this document is to provide a minimum set of voluntary fire performer safety guidelines that attends to the concerns of public health and safety as applied to the performing fire arts. This document is meant to supplement and clarify the NFPA 160 standards involving 'Group I' devices. It is not intended to supplant local fire codes, all diligence should be used to discover the local codes for open flame performance.

I) Performer

NAFAA artists should act in a professional manner. They should be capable, well rehearsed, and safe each time they light up.

A) Capable

B) Practice
C) Costume
II) Safety Personnel
Each performance and lit practice should have at least one spotter ready to meet fire emergency needs, with additional spotters and guards as needed.

A) Guards

B) Spotters
C) First aid training
D) Equipment
III) Tools NAFAA performers should use well-maintained tools. Not only should they be constructed to prevent uncontrolled wicks, they should be regularly tested to insure capability.

A) Wick Attachment

B) Handle Attachment
C) Connectors


D) Checking
E) Fueling
IV) Fuels
The basics behind fuel safety are to insure that an uncontrolled burn does not occur, and that the audience and passive safety devices are not affected. Performers should have MSDS for all fuels used and be familiar with any special needs for them.

A) Storage and transport

B) Back stage fuel
C) Open Onstage Fuel
V) Performance
Each performance should be arranged so that the audience is never in danger of taking damage from the performer and so that the venue is safe as well.

A) Separation

B) Flame toxicity
C) Performance area
VI) Clean Up
Immediately after each performance, fuel buckets should be closed and sealed, fuel returned to approved transport containers, fuel stations locked or removed from premises and any residual fuels mopped up and removed. Hot tools should be wrapped in safety cloth until they cool down. Any exotic materials (i.e. flame retardant) should be removed, locked or guarded. [Revision 2.1] Updated 5 Jul 2005