Stage Drapery and the Fire Code with Brad Davies

August 10, 2021, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

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This event is sponsored by Actsafe Safety Association

Stage Drapery and the Fire Code

Stage Draperies require on-going care and maintenance to continue to look good and be safe. Presentation will discuss fabrics used in theatres, show tips on handling and caring for them to preserve their lifespan.
Fire Safety on stages is a real issue- drapes are naturally flammable and, when exposed to hot lights, or electrical sparks, there is an increased risk of fire. Flameproofing on drapes form an important part of a theater's fire safety system. We review the different types of fabrics and flame retardant treatments available. In addition, we share practical knowledge from the field sharing little-known facts such as flame retardant wears off over time, and even Inherently Flame Retardant fabrics will become flammable with the accumulation of dust. Finally, we review how to make drapery compliant with the fire code without incurring the significant cost of replacement.

Moderator: Scott Martin, CITT/ICTS Secretary
Level: General (for all)
Discipline: Health & Safety

Session's objectives:

  • Understand how stage drapery plays an important part of a theatre's fire safety system.
  • Review Fire Code Requirements as they relate to Drapery in theatres.
  • Learn about Flame Retardant Application, & Care and Maintenance for Stage Drapery.

Presenter: Brad Davies, On-Site Drapery Cleaners

Mr. Davies has been in the fire protection business since 2008. Having tested and re-treated thousands of textiles, Mr. Davies has years of field experience, has been an NFPA, USITT and CITT member for years, has also published numerous articles on flame retardant testing and treatment, and has the privilege of being invited to discuss textiles and the fire code with many Safety Officials, Theater Professional Groups, and Fire Prevention Officers, most recently at the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI). Founded in 1978, On-Site Drapery Cleaners has grown to be the experts in same day curtain cleaning and flameproofing.


In order to attend this event, you must register for Rendez-vous 2021. All details here.