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The Importance of Risk Assessments within the Theatre

When it comes to theatre performances, fire safety is key. Before any show is put on stage, fire risk assessments must be carried out to ensure that the production team, performers and audience are 100% safe when experiencing the show. 

There tend to be a lot of potential risks in stage productions. The use of equipment such as lights, flares and special effects all pose as risks to the theatre, as any mistake can result in dangerous fire-related consequences. Experienced professionals should carry out the correct risk assessments before any show can begin its production. 

The aims of the fire risk assessment are: 

• To identify the fire hazards. 

• To reduce the risk of those hazards causing harm to any persons. 

• To decide what physical fire precautions and management arrangements are necessary to ensure the safety of people in the premises if a fire does occur. 

There have been several cases in which an enjoyable show has taken a terrible turn when special effects, such as fire, flares, explosions etc. have gone wrong and left casualties and fire damage as a result. Recently, there was a scare at Leeds Grand Theatre when a fire alarm was sounded at a showing of the popular musical ‘Wicked’ which resulted in hundreds of people being evacuated onto the streets of Leeds around 8pm last night. 

Although there was no sign of a blaze, the situation was taken extremely seriously, with two fire engines reporting to the scene, struggling to determine what had triggered the alarm. 

Risk assessments are crucial to safety, to not only identify risks but to also prevent them from ever happening. 

At Noberne, we’re passionate about fire safety and urge all our clients to take the correct measures to protect their property and employees. For more information on our services, call us today on 0113 271 3266. Alternatively, you can contact us here. 


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