Theatres and Cinemas

Whether you’re responsible for a large chain of cinemas, a small independent theatre or a concert hall, it’s critical that you ensure the safety of everyone within. These places can have a large number of people within at any one time, many of which may be vulnerable or “at risk”.

Fire management and prevention

Effective fire safety is all about identifying potential hazards and taking steps to negate them. In order to start and spread a fire needs only three things; ignition, fuel and oxygen, which makes this the place to start.

There are often multiple sources of ignition within a theatre or cinema, these could include faulty electricals, lighting equipment, heating sources or cooking equipment. It’s essential that all potential ignition points are highlighted as these are the most likely places a fire might start.

Fuel can take many forms, such as flammable liquids and chemicals, displays, costumes, drapes, packaging and upholstered seats and cushions. If anything that could be considered fuel is close to a potential ignition point it could result in a more dramatic outcome than what’s on screen or stage.

Oxygen is, of course, in the air all around us, but it can also be increased through things such as ventilation systems that can aid the spread of a fire. Also, some chemicals have oxidising properties that can further exacerbate a fire by feeding it more oxygen.

Another consideration that theatre and cinema owners should always be mindful of is the people within the building who are at risk. There’s a duty of care to ensure provisions are made for people who have disabilities, the elderly, children and anyone else who might be vulnerable and unable to evacuate safely in the event of a fire.

At Walker Fire, we can help to ensure your premises meet current standards through our range of quality services and products. We can also provide comprehensive fire training to ensure your staff are fully aware of the actions that need to be taken in the event of a fire and how to effectively prevent one from starting in the first place.

In summary:

The key things to know about fire safety in theatres and cinemas are:

  • These places often have large numbers of people within.
  • These places typically contain multiple points of ignition, fuel sources and oxygen.
  • These places commonly have people at risk within.
  • Walker Fire can help to create a safe environment through our quality services, products and training courses.

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