safety

  1. How we build Aerial Hoops

    How we build Aerial Hoops
    All of our aerial hoops are built according to high standards and tested to destruction on a regular basis. Each type of hoop has a Working Load Limit (WLL) based on its materials and construction. We calculate this WLL on a 5:1 safety ratio for the steel of the hoops and the tabs. For example, our 2 point hoops were...
  2. Aerial – Practicing at home vs at a studio

    Aerial – Practicing at home vs at a studio
    Learning on your own vs in a studio  As more and more people get into aerial and circus the more resources are being made to support these people. Resources like books, videos and podcasts! We are seeing more and more instructional videos appearing online and in an industry with little standardisation and regulation it can be hard to separate the good from...
  3. Aerial Hoop Fundamentals for Beginners

    Aerial Hoop Fundamentals for Beginners
    Thinking of getting into aerial hoop? You have questions we have answers. What is Aerial Hoop? Developing and changing over the years aerial hoop has become a fundamental part of most modern circuses. When most people think of aerial hoops they picture crowds and choreographed routines. Recently it’s grown as a hobby, with talented artists passing on their knowledge through...
  4. Firetoys Coronavirus Cleaning Guidance

    Firetoys Coronavirus Cleaning Guidance
    With many studios and training spaces beginning to open up to limited numbers of people over the coming months, these are Firetoys’ recommendations for how to keep your equipment as low risk as possible. Disinfecting your shared apparatus for the COVID-19 virus involves the use of high temperatures or harsh cleaning agents like bleach, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide. These will...
  5. Installing Aerial Equipment At Home

    Installing Aerial Equipment At Home
    Are you thinking about setting up aerial equipment in your home or garden? Before you do, read this guide - rigging can be more complex than you might think! Aerial acrobatics are incredible skill sets that require strength, flexibility, and a willingness to hang upside down. Currently, aerial circus disciplines don't have any set industry standards or regulations. Even though...
  6. Fire Safety

    Fire Safety
    Fire Safety Information Firetoys Ltd accepts no responsibility for any damage to property, injury to persons, or death caused by fire performance equipment or by practising or performing with fire props. Fire props and performance are inherently dangerous and any end-user voluntarily exposing themselves to these risks accepts all responsibility. The following safety advice is intended as a guide only...
  7. Sacrificial Layers for Carabiners

    Sacrificial Layers for Carabiners
    How to Avoid Wear with sacrificial Layers For more on this topic, as well as lots of other aerial rigging and safety information we highly recommend this book by Steven Santos. Carabiners, swivels and other components used in rigging aerial acrobatics apparatus are often made with steel or aluminium. There are pros and cons to each, the most obvious is...
  8. Kyle's Burn Story

    WARNING: Many of the pictures in Kyle's blog, linked to below, are of a graphic nature. They clearly show third-degree burns, some of them fresh or bloody. His blog is not for the faint-hearted but you can get the gist of it here, without seeing the injury. Kyle White wrote this blog to document his accident and recovery. It also serves...
  9. Fuel for Fire Spinners

    There are a number of fuels used by fire performers around the world. Inconveniently the same fuels go by different names in different countries and different fuels can go by the same name. Because of this Firetoys LTD cannot categorically recommend any fuel, and the user must take responsibility for their fuel choice and consequences caused. NEVER USE PETROL, GASOLINE...
  10. Daisy chain safety for aerial rigging

    Daisy chain safety for aerial rigging
    Daisy chains have applications in aerial rigging but there are important differences between certain brands of daisy chain. Daisy chains have a reputation for being unsafe for aerial rigging. This is true in many cases, for the reasons explained below. However, the daisy chains we stock are designed to avoid the pitfalls of other brands. First and foremost, whatever the...

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