Going to an open air theatre can be a great experience for all the family, especially if the weather is on side. If you’re organising one, you want it to be fun, memorable and safe for everyone. So you need to make sure you’re doing everything right, and that includes having fire extinguishers at the ready.
If you’re the organiser, then it is your duty to ensure the right fire-fighting equipment is present.
This short article will help you to keep fire safety in mind when planning your next open air event.
Which Type Should You Have?
It can get confusing trying to figure out which type of extinguishers you need, but it all depends on what materials you think could be the cause of a fire. The likelihood is that you’ll have paper, wood and fabric about, which would need a Class A fire extinguisher.
You may also have cars and generators in the vicinity, so a Class B extinguisher to tackle flammable liquids is best. Having a foam fire extinguisher will work in either instance.
Should you have mobile catering using cooking oils, then they’ll need a Class F Wet Chemical fire extinguisher too.
And if you think there is a threat of fire from an electrical device, then a CO2 extinguisher will put out the flames without damaging the equipment.
How Many Will I Need, and Where?
The number of fire extinguishers needed is dependent on the size of your event, but you can’t have too many. Where you have different risks, the correct fire extinguishers should be present.
But note, it is generally considered that no-one should have to travel more than 30 meters to reach a fire extinguisher.
You should place all fire extinguishers either on a dedicated stand, or hang them on a wall.
What Else Do I Need To Do?
Due to your event being out in the open, the fire extinguishers do need to have regular checks. This is because of the potential effects of the environment on them, and the increased risk of vandalism.
You should also think about having emergency plans in the event of something going wrong. This includes having an evacuation plan to get everyone away from the danger as quickly as possible.
It is important to then make sure all staff and volunteers are aware of what they would need to do, including where to find the fire extinguishers and how to work them. It might also be worth getting a professional fire risk assessment for your open air theatre.
That way, you can be certain that you’ve covered all the potential risks, meaning you can be confident that your event will go off without a hitch.