Beginners Guide to Fire Hooping
BEGINNERS GUIDE TO FIRE HOOPING
Lets admit it and just say that almost every hooper is going to want to try fire hooping at one point or another and it’s incredibly important that when the time comes to light that hoop on fire, you have the information that will keep you and others safe and free from burns.
This guide is a little teaser of our Beginners How to Fire Hoop Course that is coming out APRIL 15th!
Fire Hooping Safety
- Essential items for fire safety
- fire extinguisher / damp towel / bucket of water / spotter
- Keep fuel dump or dip station a fair distance away. 20ft.
- Fuel stored in closed containers
- Be sober, be smart, have fuel dump assistant
- Be aware of others (audience)
- Have a first aid kit for burns
- Have at least one person on site that has basic first aid training.
- Clothing, hair, loose threads, tassels, frays
- wet your hair
- test your clothing, do a burn test before hand so you KNOW
- In the hoop keep your arms up to avoid burns or have fire resistant sleeves
- Breathing – keep slow and steady
- Be mindful of where you grab the hoop, avoid wicks, spines
- Spacial awareness, audience, ground, overhead, etc. Focal point for dizzyness
- never spin alone
- listen to your inner voice, if it tells you not to spin. DON’T
Fuels and Safety
- The original containers the fuel came in are always the best to use for transport. Or a sealable airtight container.
- No Smoking near fuel
- Flash point – low vs high
- Types of fuels
- Naphtha aka white gas
- Lamp oil
- Fueling for a performance
- Pre-dipping before showtime
- should be 20′ away if possible.
- All fuels secured with lids in approved containers
- should have a way to spin off / or burn off excess fuel to not get on yourself or audience.
- Ideally roped off from audience
- prop is soaked once bubbles stop
- can place dipping bucket in larger container to prevent spills
- always check before using. Like a car that needs oil
- check bolts, wire wraps, stitching, quicklinks, ballchain, frayed wick
- if brand new, soak for a while before hand and then extinguish before they are totally burned out.
- Preserving wick life is to extinguish before they smolder out or spin out. Once your fuel runs out, your wick will burn.
- use a damp towel or fire safety approved blanket or material such as duvetyne.
- Duvetyne does not want to be wet
- can blow out from base up
- can pass off fire to a friend to keep the show going
What People Are Saying About This Course
Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!
“This was the most fun I’ve had in – I don’t know when! Well prepared, well presented, a real confidence builder. Wish I had done it years ago instead of at age 70!”Linda
“This was so fun! I had no idea what it would be like to be in a burning hoop, but it was definitely exhilarating and somehow freeing! Thank you for the experience!”Wendy
“Really enjoyed myself, all the info and safety tips were very well explained.”Katherine
Lighting your prop
- Take a moment to center yourself, do some deep breathing, say a mantra. Whatever works for getting you into your focused space.
- Methods of lighting
- light from a flame source, always lighting from bottom up
- don’t hold your hoop straight up and down, unless you are moving it fast, or using 100% white gas, as it will melt your hoop and drip fuel (especially lamp oil on the hoop).
- Don’t keep a lighter in your pocket, could heat up and explode
- light off a friend.
- 2 hoop lighting with 3 wicks each.
- Light all but once wick. Transfer fire with your hand.
- Spiral light with one super soaked wick on concrete
- wipe up any fuels that may have spilled
- wash your skin of all soot as it is toxic
- clean out t
he inside of your nose
- seal all fuel cans tight
- leave the area as you found it. Respect
You should always have someone on site with some basic first aid training because you never know when things might go wrong. At the very least keep a basic first aid kit on hand with some good burn cream.
I don’t need to go into details of first aid, so do your own research and KNOW what is best. I recommend this resource for dealing with minor burns, http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/burns-home-treatment
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions leave them in the comment section below. Thank you!