Fire Regulations For Boston Theatres

Fire Regulations For Boston Theatres

The mayor of Boston has approved a set of rules governing the theatres and other places of amusement and the public halls of that city, as drawn up by former Fire Commissioner Wells: There shall be two employes appointed, after examination and approval by the fire commissioner, who shall be present at least one half hour previous to the raising of the curtain, remaining during the performance, and until the performance is completed. These employes shall have supreme command in case of fire until the arrival of a member of the city fire department, and will be required to wear, in full view, a badge furnished by the lire commissioner. They will be known as the “Fire Patrol,” and will be supplied with a certificate to that effect from the office of the fire commissioner, the same to be hung in a conspicuous position on the “prompt” side of the stage. The “Fire Patrol” shall call the remaining employes together at least once each week for the purpose of holding drill. Each employe will be assigned a position, which he will occupy in case of fire, and he shall be taught to remain in that position from the receipt of the fire signal until he is relieved by the proper person. One of the fire patrol shall, at all times, be stationed on the “prompt” side of the stage, and will be the person to give the alarm to the city fire department, regardless of instructions to the contrary from other persons. The other patrolmen shall be stationed on the “opposite prompt” side of stage, and shall visit, between the acts, the fly-floors, trap, dressing, property and orchestra rooms, to ascertain if everything is in proper ’condition, and that the rule relating to no smoking is not violated. Before each performance the fire patrol shall cause to be tested the fire curtain and automatic ventilating skylight, and examine all appliances to ascertain their condition and readiness for use in case of fire. Upon written call from the district chief of the district in which the theatre is located, the members of the fire patrol of the several theatres will call at the district chief’s headquarters for instructions. In case of fire, keep cool, and first of all notify the fire department. This is important and must be observed. Have a place for everything, especially fire-exFngiiishing and prevention appliances, and insist upon each being kept in its place. Keep all exits and passages to fire-apliances clear of obstruction. Keep fire buckets filled with water at all times, and allow them to be used for fire only. Keep fire-extinguishers ready for use at all times; have extinguisherheads removed and contents stirred once a month, and charge and recharge them twice a year. Care should be taken that valve-seats and nozzles are free from obstructions, and that rubber hose attached is in good condition. Keep metal box in “first” entrance, in which to deposit cigar or cigarette stubs brought from the stage. Keep all scenery away from steam pipes, fire-appliances, exits and flyfloors. Candles, if used, must be in metal candlesticks, with extra wide base. Keep firecurtain down, at all times, when stage is not in use. The stage should be kept clear and clean when not in use. No “set” should be allowed to remain after an evening performance. Have blue illuminated transparencies at tire-pipe valves, with directions on each valve for its use, and keep transparencies lighted at all times during performances. All waste paper or rubbish must be deposited in a metal can, with cover, and must be emptied each day. Do not hang articles on fire-appliances or on gas or electric fixtures. Allow axes and plaster-hooks to be used only in case of fire. Keep a blanket in a metal humidor on each side of the stage, to be used in smothering or “spanking” fires. Keep buckets labeled “Sand —for fire only” near all electric switches, fuses and cut-out boxes; also, a metal scoop for same. Have all hose taken from racks or reels at least once each month; at that time it should be swept free .of dust, and, if damp, dried before returning to its place. See that hosenozzles are free from obstructions by’blowing through them. Keep washer in female coupling, and be sure that this coupling is screwed tightly to water pipe. No smoking. This rule must be enforced. Permit only safety-matches to be used on the stage. Keep fire-escapes, and exits to same, clear at all times. Particular attention should be given to the escapes in cold and stormy weather. Keep all movable parts well lubricated. Have red illuminated transparency or electric light over fire-alarm box, the same to be kept lighted at all times during performances. If gas is used, one person should be assigned to light all jets with an electric sparkler. Have fire-curtains tested before each performance. Keep automatic ventilating skylight free from obstructions, especially in cold and stormy weather. Use plenty of grease to permit of easy manipulation. When colored fire, is used, the same must be fired in a metal receptacle, and a pail of water should be handy. The receptacle should be cooled in the pail of water before being put awav. Have watchman make tour of every part of building immediately after every performance.

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