Safety Information for Aerial Equipment

Corde lisse. © Molly Graves. Photo: Martin O’Conner

Basic Aerial Safety

- Firetoys Aerial apparatus is not to be used unsupervised. Always have a spotter who can help and raise the alarm if necessary. Ideally the spotter should be an experienced aerialist who can help you see problems before they occur - this is vital when trying new move, particularly if you're performing wraps or drops.

- Any aerial equipment should always be used in a safe environment in which the requisite safety equipment (such as crash mats) is readily available.

- Equipment, including rigging components, should be checked before every training session to ensure they are connected correctly and are showing no signs of wear.

- Keep a log of the use on your apparatus and replace it once you cross the threshold (information provided on each piece of equipments safety sheet).

- Know the loads you will be applying to the apparatus and make sure they are appropriate for your rigging components and your aerial kit. Remember this should include both body weight and the weight of the equipment. Dymanic moves can increase momentary peak loads by anything from two (a mildly dynamic routine) to five times (for drops) the static load. The equipment and rigging needs to be strong enough to account for this as well. 

- It is strongly recommended that you warm up and cool down before and after each training session.

- Always train sober.

- Always wear appropriate, well fitting clothing for aerial training and performance, to avoid clothing getting caught in the apparatus you are using. 

- The books and DVDs we sell here at Firetoys are excellent training aids, but are not intended to replace a qualified and experienced instructor. 

- Do not teach yourself aerial or learn new moves from YouTube. Like the books and DVDs, YouTube videos can be great training aids but are no substitute for a qualified instructor.

- Drops and wraps in rope and silk are not to be taken lightly, always have a professional on hand to spot you and talk you through any moves you are attempting that you are not 100% confident with. 

- Always be aware of your surroundings.

Rigging

All aerial equipment should be rigged safely using certified equipment. Any rigging points that you use to attach to should be checked and certified by a competent rigger, or a structural engineer.

Links to safety articles:

Can I rig aerial apparatus from a tree?

How to identify and use the right Daisy Chain.

How to prevent equipment wear with sacrificial layers.

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