PlayThink is committed to safety. In order to keep all PlayThink participants as safe as possible, all fire performers must attend one of the provided fire safety workshops in order to be permitted into the PlayThink fire circle. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this rule.
PlayThink rules for fire participants
No one at the event may light a fire prop outside the designated fire area. This will be STRICTLY enforced.
You are responsible for your own equipment & safety. Always make verbal contact with official fire safeties before entering the fire circle. DO NOT light up without a safety.
Anyone under the influence of alcohol, “say no,” to the fire circle, for the safety of yourself & others. The use of alcohol, or any substance, is discouraged.
Recommended fuels are white gas (Coleman's Camp Fuel is a well-known brand) and lamp oil. You are responsible for being knowledgeable about a fuel you use.
There will be ONE designated fueling station, located a safe distance away from the fire circle. Public dip cans will be available, containing white gas, lamp oil, and 50/50. We ask that you donate fuel you bring to the station.
No smoking, or open flames, in the fuel depot or fuel storage areas.
Spin-off fire equipment before lighting in the designated spin-off area. No fire allowed on the ground in the fire circle.
All fire safeties have the last say for the fire circle. Listen to them ,and be respectful. If asked to wait before lighting, do so.
Wear only fire appropriate clothing. Be aware of anything worn that might be flammable. We recommend cotton, silk, leather, hemp, or aramid fibers. Additionally, be aware of cosmetic, or hair products, that might be flammable.
Do not alter, or use, another performers personal fuel mixture without express consent. Public dip cans for lamp oil, white gas, and 50/50 will be available.
The use of Methanol, Pump Gas (Petrol), or Diesel, is not allowed, for health & safety reasons. Allowed fuels are: Isopropyl, denatured alcohols, as well as other specialty fuels. They must be clearly marked & stored in safe appropriate containers.
If you have questions, ask fire safeties on duty. They are there to teach safety & manage the field. If they ask you to do something, be sure to listen whether you are spinning, or being a safety.
The fire safety manager must clear all minors. They must be accompanied by a parent, or legal guardian, that approves of & takes responsibility for the minor's actions, at all times.
Responsibilities as a Safety
Remain sober before, and during, periods you are a safety for someone.
Decline being a safety if are uncomfortable, or inexperienced, with the tool or style of spinner. Only be a safety if you feel comfortable with the equipment, person, personal safety skills, and situation.
Acknowledge your spinner & establish clear line of communication.
Keep safety towel in hands during a performer's entire spin. Stay standing, or crouched, and ready to act. Seconds make a difference to someone on fire.
Watch your spinner's body, and warn them of unintentional fire. If you see a fresh, unintentional fire, call out the body part affected ("Back"). Be loud. Make spinner aware of the need to extinguish a flame on their body, before rushing in, or you could be accidentally hurt by lit equipment.
Speak up if you see unsafe practices anywhere on the field.