Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Oh, that couldn't possibly happen here . . ."

Famous last words.  Not words to live by, either.  The bloggers at Cue To Cue on the BackstageJobs web site have posted a great summary about many of the Theatre and Assembly Space Fires that scorched millions of dollars worth of facilities last year.  Go here to read about them:

Theatre fires are not “something that used to happen.” There were at least 14 just this year.

Of particular interest are the video clips of the scenery and drapery fires that occurs on-stage during a performance.  Luckily, they didn't result in the 600+ deaths that the Iroquois Theatre fire caused, but the circumstances were largely the same - and this blogger sees the set-up for this type of fire ALL THE TIME!  Fireproof your sets - its not just a good idea - its the law! Ref:  NFPA 101 Life Safety Code - Chapter 13, Section

For schools and other theatre owners that don't have, or are planning to omit fire curtains from your venue, take a serious look at your fire prevention and control planning - because this could happen in your building, too!

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