# Safety Issues in the Theatre

#### stantonsound

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This is an extension from another board.....

#### avkid

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We have many two prong(ungrounded) extension cords laying around.

#### gafftaper

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We have many two prong(ungrounded) extension cords laying around.

That sounds like a problem easily solved with some wire cutters.

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In the youth thing at our church, nobody knows anything about lighting, so they draped the curtains over the lights. BAHHH!!! Not to mention the flaming swords, the kids operating the barely-working followspot, and the flying balls that just about ruined three LCD displays last sunday...

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#### stantonsound

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How about people using 16 or 18 gauge extension cords from wal mart, or the like, with stage pins put on the end? I have seen many catwalks full of orange and yellow cable. And I will say that there are many theatres that don't use safety cables at all.

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Huh, what, who?
Someone call the Fire Department!

Oh yes, they are so much fun!

I just can't wait until we do sparks on the swords during the dubbing!

#### gafftaper

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Ok. Please explain the flaming swords. What are they and why does a church need them.

#### Foxinabox10

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And what are "flying balls"?

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We have flaming swords because at our church, we have a wednesday night program called "Club Knights". As you can tell, the theme is medieval, so we have this whole kingdom deal where the youth complete challenges and go up in the ranks. In one of the stages, a flaming sword is involved. All of the other ceremonies include swords and daggers and whatnot, but no flaming ones.

Flying balls are rubber balls that the youth hit around with a baseball bat that I really don't like because they always hit the balls into the tech booth

#### drawstuf99

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So there is a sword lit on fire on stage?

#### BenjaminD

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Wow. And I thought my high school auditorium was bad... People batting balls around? Aerobics is one thing, but batting balls?

Oh, and is no service disconnect breaker for two CD80SV 96 slot dimmer racks a bad thing?

And flaming swords? Like, real fire?

#### icewolf08

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Oh, and is no service disconnect breaker for two CD80SV 96 slot dimmer racks a bad thing?

Are you sure there is no service disconnect, or do you just not know where it is? Sometimes the service disconnect is in a totally different part of the building from the dimmers. The service disconnect for my dimmers is 3 floors down buried in the costume shop where no one would think to look, but it is where all the power comes into the building.

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#### BenjaminD

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I'm not sure if there is no service disconnect, but I know that no electrical closet in the general part of the building has anything over 400 amps, let alone enough power to drive 2 CD80's.

#### stantonsound

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It should be in the main switchgear room, usually in a room where the main power to the building comes in. There are transformers, motor control center(pumps, etc...), UPS systems, and the main disconnects that turn off the power to the circuit breaker panels in the building. The entire panels have a disconnect somewhere. Something as large as a 400amp disconnect is usually as large as a regular circuit breaker panel.