Flame Effects Policy

Registration and Inspection

All flame effects must be registered with the Fire Safety Team through Flame Effects Art Team (F.E.A.T.). It is heavily encouraged that you submit a pre-registration form prior to the event so we know where your flame effect will be and when you will be arriving with it. This will facilitate a quicker and smoother inspection process. Absolutely no flame effects may be operated on site prior to F.E.A.T inspection, at which time if your flame effect passes inspection it will be tagged.

Flame Effects Safety Guidelines

The majority of flame effects utilize LP gas, to which the following guidelines apply. For the most part, these guidelines align with Burning Man’s guidelines.

  • Any person operating a flame effect must have an understanding of the mechanics of the flame effect, and what to do in the instance that any component of the flame effect fails.
  • Additionally, any person operating a flame effect must be sober.  
  • For larger flame effects, a safety perimeter may be needed and will be determined on a case by case basis.
  • As always, flame effects must be operated safely and with sufficient clearance of all trees and people.
  • For mobile and/or wearable flame effects, it is heavily encouraged that a spotter watch behind and beside the flame effect operator to ensure that safety is maintained.

DMX512 is not approved for hazardous applications such as flame effects (per NFPA 160 and ANSI standard E11.1). Any flame effect utilizing DMX512 will not be approved for use

  1. All LP gas cylinders must have an unexpired certification date stamp and must be in good working order.
  2. Each fuel supply connection must have a ¼-turn shut-off valve, and each valve must be exposed and visible at ALL TIMES.
  3. All fuel lines must be rated for both the pressure and the type of fuel that is being used. The maximum operating pressure must be marked by the manufacturer, and all hoses being operated in excess of 5 psi should be designed for a working pressure of at least 350 psi. Air or pneumatic lines or connectors are absolutely unacceptable.
  4. All fittings, piping, valves, and connectors must be rated for the pressure and the type of fuel being used. Schedule 80 pipe and fittings are required for flame effects which operate at a pressure greater than 125 psi.
  5. Hose clamps are prohibited on any fuel lines. All fuel hose connections must be factory made, or constructed with a crimped fitting fitting specifically designed for that purpose.
  6. Accumulators must be rated for the operating pressures at which your flame effect is operating. Any tanks or accumulators that have been altered must be fabricated by an ASME certified welder, and must be stamped and certified as such.
  7. If the gas supply pressure exceeds the maximum allowable operating pressure of the accumulator, a regulator should be installed between the fuel supply and the accumulator. Additionally, a pressure relief valve must be installed in the accumulator. 
  8. All copper tubing must have a flared connection. Compression fittings on copper lines are not allowed.

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