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Fire Skills

Where Fire Is Fun


Not what you were thinking? Well we do fires and firelighting but fireskills with firestaff and poi are very useful tools in addressing co-ordination and overcoming fears. They are much safer than they appear to be if we follow the rules…

There are a few simple rules to what we do..

1/ Don't do this at home folks.

2/ Have ample first aid cover available, especially for burns treatment

3/ Every performer must have a "spotter" prepared with fire protection equipment such as water, or a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher (make a note of the type used so that you can advise the emergency services).

4/ Practise, practise, practise.  And practise dry with ordinary staffs, diabolo, poi etc. before you even think of going "Hot"

5/ Use only properly fitted kevlar wicks soaked in paraffin. NEVER use anything else - "fire water" is illegal in the UK. Petrol is lethal and anything else is very messy and smokey.

6/ Either wear minimal clothing, or tightly fitting cotton.

7/ Tie hair back and do not use hair spray unless you want a spectacular addition to your display.  Wet long hair before performing.

8/ Don't make your display over complicated - KISS 

9/ Be aware that a burning poi or staff has greater air resistance so moves slower than the "dry" equivalent.

10/ Also be aware that using a Diabolo in daylight is one thing, it becomes much more difficult with a Fire Diabolo - much slower, and virtually impossible when the control string is invisible in the dark.

11/ Fire Swords - Practise, practise, practise... Remember that unless the sword is designed for contact, ie a steel based weapon wrapped in Kevlar, that contact is likely to result in the sword shattering - even Bokkens. So, combat must be choreographed and non-contact. (Steel swords will see the wick damaged on contact and may result in debris flying off the weapon - avoid steel fireswords unless they are specially manufactured for the act.

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