Fire Safety

Safety Information - Please make sure you read it carefully!


1. GORA XTR juggling strongly recommends that you read all instructions before using any of our products 
2. All equipment should be practiced with BEFORE attempting to light the wicks until a high level of control and understanding of the principles behind the specific skill has been achieved. 
3. All equipment MUST be checked regularly. Use it properly as it is in the description. We offer free servicing (excluding parts) on all our products for up to 1 year. 
4. GORA XTR juggling accepts no responsibility for any injury caused by any of its products. It is up to the individual to ensure he or she is wearing suitable clothing and is in a suitable area for practicing these skills. REMEMBER: FIRE IS DANGEROUS, PLEASE TAKE THE CORRECT PRECAUTIONS
5. Fire based circus skills performances are some of the most remarkable around, but you cannot practice or perform everywhere. Please contact your local council for information on where you can and cannot perform. 
6. If you are under 18, please seek adult supervision. 
7. Always have a foam fire extinguisher or a bucket of water ready in case of an emergency. A big wet thick blanket is also very good for smothering any fires. (With foam fire extinguisher you can extinguishe fire on persone as well, not like CO2 or powder)
8. Never leave the paraffin or other combustibles near the show area and always store in a saleable container that is clearly labeled. (lots of injuries occur because fuel is left in unmarked containers and drunk by mistake. Always label your fuel containers properly) 
9. Avoid baggy clothing or clothing which may catch fire easily and tie up long hair (wear a non- flammable hat or dampen your hair if it is particularly frizzy or if you use Flammable Hair products). Use fire protector bracelets or gloves.
10. Ensure audience is at a safe distance. 
11. Before lighting up always check the area. Make sure that you have enough space, the distance is safe, no flammable materials around, no disturbing objects on the ground, enough height.
12. Always have a responsible firesafety person with the suitable firesafety equipments (wet blanket and foam extinguisher).
13. Always take off by rubber gloves or spin off the excess paraffin away from people before lighting the wicks. Use spin off buckets to save the nature, and don't waste paraffin.
14. Although the temptation may be present, never play with fire when drunk or under the influence of drugs 
15. Always store equipment away from any naked flames, and in suitable containers (airtight containers for indoors, well ventilated containers outdoors) 
16. Allow equipment to cool down between performances 
17. Do not store equipment in a bedroom 
18. Keep out of reach of children 
19. REMEMBER: FIRE IS DANGEROUS, USE OUR PRODUCTS WITH CARE AND TAKE ALL NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID INJURY. 
20. GORA XTR JUGGLING STRONGLY RECOMMENDS NOT TO BREATH FIRE . THIS FIRE SKILL IS BY FAR THE MOST DANGEROUS AND EXTREMELY HARMFUL TO YOUR HEALTH, EVEN IF DONE CORRECTLY.

 

FUELS


Paraffin:
Paraffin (also known as kerosene in the US and other places) is the cheapest fuel around and very easy to get hold of in most petrol stations and hardware shops. Although a little smokey, it is the preferred fuel for most fire performers. It burns at a relatively low temperature and is not explosive like petrol (which must not be used under any circumstances). Although it is probably the safest fuel around for fire juggling and spinning, it is still dangerous and should be treated with care and respect. Proper safety precautions should be followed at all times. Watch out for paraffin sold in continental Europe which is sometimes sold as paraffin. This stuff is not liquid enough and ends up spitting little drops of burning liquid everywhere. Some countries it is called clear petroleum, but do not mix with petrol.

Kerosene:
Kerosene is the same as paraffin. The name kerosene is used in the US and Australasia. Refer to paraffin for details. Take care with the name, in some countries like India, kerosene means an extra dirty and stinkey and smokey stuff.

Lamp oil:
Lamp oil is also quite popular in the fire toy world. It costs a little more than paraffin but burns much cleaner (less smokey). Lamp oil also burns at a relatively low temperature so is well suited to the skill. As with all fuels, it is still dangerous and should be treated with care.

Fire water:
If you can find it, this is probably the best fuel on the market to date. The best material has no smell, liquide, but a bit oily and has less smoke.

Barbeque oil:
Barbeque lighting fuel can be used if you cannot find any of the suitable fuels mentioned above. Although it works well, it burns at a higher temperature than paraffin.

White spirit, methylated spirits: 

NEVER USE WHITE SPIRIT, METHILATED SPIRITS
These fuels do work but are not recommended as the fumes they release are toxic, and the flames are very hot. It destroys the material of the equipment. (silicone, fiberglass) 

WHITE SPIRIT AND METHILATED SPIRIT ARE NOT A SUITABLE FUEL.

Petrol (benzine, gasoline, white gas) :
NEVER USE PETROL, EVER. Petrol does not burn, it explodes. If you try and use petrol you will hurt yourself and others around you. You cannot dilute it, you cannot make it safely and you cannot use it as a temporary substitute. 

PETROL IS NOT A SUITABLE FUEL.

Diesel:
NEVER USE DIESEL. It is not suitable and may be very dangerous depending on the temperature of your wicks. It has harmful toxic smoke and destroys the material of the equipment.(silicone, fiberglass)  

DIESEL IS NOT A SUITABLE FUEL.

 

Important directions

  • Use liquid with lower heat level like parrafin, lamp oil, barbacue oil.
  • Do not use diesel, benzin, white gas, because the heat is too high for the fiberglass, silicone and the wick.
  • Do not use alcohol based liquid because it gets reaction with the silicone. (FireFlowerStick, FireHandles, FireDiaboloKit)
  • Do not light up many times without stop. (Sword)
  • Do not keep the ContactSaff and FireFlowerStick vertically. Spin it or keep it horizontally.
  • Do not dip deeply the staffs. Keep away the silicone from the fire liquid.  (FireHandles, FireFlowerStick, JugglingStaff, ContactStaff)
  • Keep away the leather parts from the fireliquide. (PoiHandles, HandCandle)
  • Handle carrefully the grip, It is soft and can be demaged easily. (Sword, ContactStaff, Dragonstaff)

 

Some advice to keep yourself healthy:

-Keep all the directions strictly and use the best and cleanest fire liquid.

-Neved do firebreath!

-Don’t forget, your clothes and costumes has to be your protectors as well.

-Always be aware of all details of your surroundings and your partners.

-Always have safety plan for all cases what is rehearsed well.  

-To protect your lambs, you can wear smoke mask, what can be part of the costume.

-If you experienced enough, you can take attention on timing of breath! Hold back your breath in the smokey area, and take breath from the clean air when you turn out from the movement. It is a higher level of conciousness of movement.

-If you get serious firewounds, do not hesitate to call the ambulance. Clean the wound with cold water, and don’t do anything else.

-If you have light firewound, clean the wound with cold water. The best to use aloevera gel, what is antiseptic and regenerating. If the wound is dry you can use calendula cream, what is good for skin regeneration. Look after this medicines and have always with you when you perform. You never know when would be good to have. 

 

Some useful advice:

-Bring lighter or maches with you. Sometimes you have healthy audience without smokers, than it will be hard to start the show…   :)

-Bring soap with you, sometimes hard to get, but good to wash down the dirt.

-My mother told me when I was child and she was right:

Who play with fire, that get burnt.

-If lots of people say that you are so cool, don’t belive it! If so, your ego will be too fat and your skills will not rising like before. It means only that they enjoyed your show.

-If you still reading the firesafety then here is a firedancer joke at the end as a prize:

What is the difference between a rock star and a firedancer?

A rock star don’t think that he is a firedancer…    :)