It's pretty awesome that we gather in community to learn, grow and imbibe way more than we could imagine on our own. Caroleeena Circles of Joy from Raleigh North Carolina is one powerful source of information, not to mention a captivating writer and dancer. On Hoop City, Caroleeena is consistently quoted or referenced every time there is a new question posed to the group. We'd like to jump on that train here at Synergy Firehoops, to link to her brilliant and comprehensive post on fire safety...
Contrary to what you may have read in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, we humans are not very combustible. We are mostly water. With the exception of our hair, there is not much on us that is predisposed to being going up in flames. What is flammable is fuel. Once you know this, you know that the main thing you need to do to protect yourself while fire dancing is use fuel safely. In this course, we will learn how to do that, which clothes to wear, the qualities of the various fuels and some first aid tips to know in the event we, or someone around us, gets a burn.
I encourage you to burn safely. You are protecting not only you and the people around you but every fire dancer everywhere. One bad accident could affect all our ability to create art with the light of fire. Be responsible. Be present. Be safe.
The following are some basics for all fire performers, whether they are first time burners or performers with years of experience.