Fire Twirling Safety Tips
Last Updated: 27/01/2009
FIRE TWIRLING RECOMMENDED SAFETY GUIDE
If you are taking up Fire Twirling as a hobby or as a performer it is recommended that you seek training from qualified and experienced instructors.
Once you are confident with your twirling and movement skills and are ready to add fire here are just a few things to think about.
First Aid Kit
Cotton or Denim clothing is best for fire twirling. No loose or frayed edges
Hair Tied Back
*Asses your surroundings for unsafe items. Overhanging branches, fuel containers, public pathways, uneven ground..etc
* Spotters are essential. Somebody focussed on looking at you in case you set yourself on fire and do not notice.
* Dip the wicks in the tin of fuel until you cannot see any more air bubbles, then squeeze the wicks with a towel to get rid of excess fuel. This reduces the risk of spraying fuel and fire once you stat to twirl.
All fuels are bad for you, your skin, to breath in, your eyes etc. However some are safer than others.
As a general fuel Kerosene is frequently used and is readily available to everybody from hardware stores, service stations, supermarkets.
A better choice is Unscented lamp oil, available from camping and outdoors stores.
Citronella lamp oil is also readily available, however as this oil burns at a higher temperature, it can be harder to light.
Ultimately much more environmentally and personally healthy fuels are available and would be the better choice of fuels for all fire twirlers. The following fuels are recommended
SHELL- Shellsol T
EXXON- Isopar M
MOBIL- Solvent 3440
DO NOT SE Metholated Spirits, Shellite, Petrol, Diesel or any other fuel you are at all unsure about.
If you catch on Fire, it is best to smother the flames immediately with a non- flammable material. Most Fire Twirlers mainly deal with spot clothing fires.
STOP, DROP and ROLL- is the appropriate action for fires which cannot be eliminated by immediate smothering.
If you get burnt, stop twirling immediately and put out your flaming wicks. Run cool water over the burnt area for 15 minutes and asses the damage. Apply a clean burn dressing to the area and consider visiting your medical practitioner.