- All electrical equipment including lighting, cabling, and temporary power shall be maintained in good working order and comply with the provisions of the California Electrical Code and local electrical codes. Such equipment shall not block exits, means of egress, fire protection equipment, or fire department access.
- Electrical installations shall be installed in accordance with the California Electrical Code, California Fire Code, and local electrical codes.
- Portable, mobile, or stationary power generating equipment is sometimes used to supplement building electrical power for temporary wiring. Such equipment shall not block exits, means of egress, fire protection equipment, or fire department access. This equipment may need to be located at a predesignated location approved by the facility representative and the local fire authority.
- A minimum 3-foot (1.0 m). clearance must be maintained in front of all electrical shutoff panels.
- All HVAC and mechanical equipment shall be approved and listed. Any flexible ducting shall be noncombustible. Such equipment shall not block exits, means of egress, fire protection equipment, or fire department access.
- Equipment such as cords and hoses that cross the 4foot (1.2 m) fire lane around the perimeter of the stages shall be in approved troughs or ‘crossovers’, or adequately covered to facilitate safe egress.
LIGHT BOXES (AKA COFFIN BOXES)
Historically there have been a number of fires in the Industry related to custom light boxes used on soundstages. The cause of these incidents was usually the result of lightweight combustible construction (wood, foam core) or improper rigging. The following requirements apply to light boxes used on stages and at locations:
- The framework shall be constructed of noncombustible material. Aluminum speed-rail is an example of an approved material.
- The side and top panels shall be constructed of noncombustible materials.
- Light boxes shall be ventilated to prevent excessive heat within the box.
- An appropriate noncombustible shield shall be provided over the light bulbs. Metal screening with 1/8 inch openings or glass are recommended.
- All light boxes shall be rigged with a minimum of three feet of wire cable or noncombustible equivalent before any rope is used.
- All combustible materials shall be kept a minimum of three feet away from the surface of the lamp.