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Fire Curtain Best Practices

Fire curtains are a crucial safety feature in theatres, designed to prevent the spread of fire from the stage to the audience and other parts of the building. Here are some best practices for operating and maintaining fire curtains in a theatre:

  1. Regular inspection and testing: Fire curtains should be inspected and tested regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and local fire codes. The testing should include both manual and automatic activation to ensure the curtain deploys as intended in case of a fire.
  2. Proper installation: The fire curtain should be installed by a licensed and experienced professional in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and local fire codes. The installation should also include a clear and visible signage indicating the location of the fire curtain.
  3. Adequate clearance: The area around the fire curtain should be kept clear at all times to prevent obstruction or damage to the curtain. Any objects, including scenery, lighting fixtures, or cables, should be kept a safe distance from the fire curtain.
  4. Proper labeling: The fire curtain control panel should be labeled clearly with the location of the fire curtain, and instructions on how to operate it in case of an emergency.
  5. Regular maintenance: Fire curtains require regular maintenance to ensure they are in good working order. Maintenance should include cleaning, lubrication of the tracks, and replacement of any worn or damaged components.
  6. Training and education: All personnel who work in the theatre should receive proper training on the operation and maintenance of the fire curtain. This includes stagehands, performers, and other staff members who may need to activate the curtain in case of an emergency.
  7. Regular drills: Regular fire drills should be conducted to ensure that all personnel know their roles and responsibilities in case of a fire, and to test the effectiveness of the fire curtain in preventing the spread of fire.

By following these best practices, theatres can ensure that their fire curtains are effective in protecting the audience, performers, and building in case of a fire.

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