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SAFETY


Emergency Medical Services

If you or someone you know (or encounter) requires medical assistance, contact an Emergency Services Department volunteer or a Black Rock Ranger, or visit our Medical Clinic near Center Camp at Esplanade & 5:15 or at the Emergency Services Stations behind the Civic Plazas located at 3 and 9 o’clock. Trained emergency medical personnel are on duty 24 hours a day and emergency evacuation is available. According to our medical staff, the common problems are dehydration and lacerations from stepping or tripping on unprotected rebar or tent stakes. Please avoid injury and act responsibly. If you are looking for your friend whom you suspect may have been injured and medi-vac’d from Black Rock City, go to Playa Info for more information.

RANGER & MEDICAL LOCATIONS

Both the Black Rock Ranger Headquarters and main Rampart Medical Clinic are located on the Esplanade near Center Camp. In the 3 and 9 o’clock plazas, the Ranger Outposts and Medical Stations are on Coming Out Street, just behind the plazas.

BMIR 94.5 FM: Emergency Broadcast Information

Burning Man Information Radio (BMIR) is at 94.5 FM, Burning Man Information Radio (BMIR) is at 94.5 FM, broadcasting critical travel, emergency, and general information, 24-7. Get the REAL news, weather, events, and Black Rock City information. In case of emergency, tune into 94.5 FM. Stop in Center Camp at BMIR and record your events for broadcasting between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily. Tell the city what you’re up to, live!

WATER

Burning Man does not provide water. You must bring your own. Public pools and showers will not be permitted. Water for private use that entails full body contact or consumption must be “potable” and come from Nevada State Health Division approved water sources. If you have any questions, contact the Nevada State Health Division: (775) 687-7548.



Personal Safety

While Black Rock City is built on principles of community and cooperation, that doesn’t mean citizens are protected from the actions of those with bad intentions. Maintain awareness of your personal safety at the event. Secure your valuables when away from camp. Introduce yourself to neighbors and your local Black Rock Rangers. Work together to keep your neighborhood secure. Let someone know where you’re going if you wander off alone or with a new friend, and be sure to check in frequently. Make new friends, but be alert to the actions of those you meet. Be cautious about accepting drinks in open containers from strangers. Most importantly, use and trust your best instincts.

A Note From Our Friends at B.E.D.

Black Rock City can be an erotically charged environment. We want to help prevent sexual harassment and assault while ensuring that sex-positive free expression thrives! It is imperative to know and express your own sexual boundaries and to ask about and respect your partners’ boundaries. As the Bureau of Erotic Discourse (B.E.D.) reminds us: Silence is not consent. Communication is the best lubricant! To find out more, get in B.E.D. at www.bureauoferoticdiscourse.org.



Fire Art Safety Guidelines

Flame Effects Definition: All flames that are automated, switched, pressurized or having any action other than simply being lit on fire, as well as projects using propane or other liquid or gaseous fuels.

Open Fire Definition:

  • OPEN FIRE / LEVEL ONE – Large Burn in Contact with the Playa Art Installations, when fully engulfed in flames and producing a tremendous amount of heat, require a Burn Shield Platform and may or may not require a safety perimeter. This artwork may or may not require Ranger support. With some clever thinking, preparation and intelligent use of materials, these can be made to fit in with the aesthetics of the installation. A Burn Laminate/approval is required for this type of burn event.
  • OPEN FIRE / LEVEL TWO – Enclosed Fire Art Installation with small, enclosed flame, such as candles, torches, fire barrel, raised container, etc. Precautions must be taken to prevent unintentional burning of materials (fabric, sets, etc.) As long as all fire is kept within an enclosed vessel, there is no need for a Burn Shield Platform or a Burn Laminate. This level also refers to Fire Performers.
  • OPEN FIRE / LEVEL THREE – Art Installation that is created in one location and is moved to an approved Burn Shield Platform for burning. The artwork can be transported and burned on the Man platform after the Man has been set on fire OR at one of the public burn platforms along the Esplanade, depending on the most favorable schedule. A Burn Laminate will NOT be needed for this type of fire.



Whatever “Fire” definition your art project falls into, it must conform to the guidelines that have been established for Fire Art. Responsibility includes ensuring that fire or flame will not endanger participants, art crew, or members of the Performance Safety Team of the Art Department.

Art installations utilizing Open Fire, Flame Effects and/or Pyrotechnics require approval and will be granted a license (laminate). The Fire Arts Safety Team will issue the appropriate laminate once the artwork has been approved in Black Rock City. To make sure that your use of fire or flame is in compliance and can be permitted, please read the guidelines and fill out the art questionnaire at Creating Dangerous Art. This is required to ensure public safety, not to bog you down.

FLAME EFFECTS The artist must be aware of the use of materials such as proper fittings and fuel lines that are rated for the fuels and pressures used, i.e. propane hose for propane fueled effects. The artist must also create a safety plan specific to the piece, as well as provide sufficient and proper fire extinguishers and be proficient in their use. The placement of fire art on the open playa comes with the added responsibility of protecting fuel sources from vehicle traffic.

OPEN FIRE: Burn Scars on the Playa

Burning anything directly on the surface of the playa will create burn scars, hardened discolorations which are difficult to clean up and take years to recover. Burning Man’s ability to return to the Black Rock Desert year after year is directly dependent upon our ability to Leave No Trace – including burn scars. It is your responsibility as a citizen to ensure no burn scars are left on the playa.

THE CHALLENGE You as the artist have two choices in burning your art:

MOVE IT The first is the simplest: you can either disassemble or carry your artwork and place it in one of the community burn platforms that are placed at the terminus of the radial streets. The artwork can also be burned on the Man's platform AFTER the Man has fallen.

BURN IT IN PLACE On the playa you have a number of options available to protect the playa from direct and radiant heat to prevent Burn Scars. With some clever thinking, preparation and intelligent use of materials, this can be made to fit in with the aesthetics of the installation.

Burn Shield Platforms: Enclosed Fires are simple but must insure that nothing within the art installation will be carelessly set on fire that should not be set on fire. Fire art installations that are destined to be fully engulfed in flames CANNOT make direct contact with the playa surface. The Installations must be situated upon a Burn Shield Platform and elevated at least 6 inches of the playa surface to allow for proper airflow and to not scar the playa. There are a number of options available to prevent burn scars and with some preparation and intelligent use of materials, this can be integrated with the aesthetics of an installation. Some burn platforms have utilized corrugated steel atop bricks or cinder blocks (or the like), or used heat-resistant silica fabric. When designing the platform take into account the height of the art once it falls. Art installations can also be carried to the closest Community Burn Pyre. Questions about burn shield platform and burn scar prevention should be sent to: fire-art (at) burningman (dot) com



THE DMV AND MUTANT VEHICLES

Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV)

Citizens of Black Rock City have an opportunity to participate in the Mutant Vehicle experiences, an important piece of the art and participation at Burning Man. The DMV licenses Mutant Vehicles for driving about BRC. All prospective Mutant Vehicles, and those who wish to apply for a disabled license, MUST be pre-registered with the DMV before the event. In order to be granted a license, Mutant Vehicles must meet certain criteria. In addition to being visually stimulating and participatory in nature, vehicles must be safe and owners must comply with community guidelines (no dust, 5 MPH, etc.). Depending on the license type, Mutant Vehicles may be operated either within Black Rock City or on the playa and during the day or at night (which requires radical illumination). The DMV also works with the Fire Arts Safety Team to inspect and license Mutant Vehicles which use flame effects.


That said, Black Rock City is designed for pedestrians and bicycles. Non-mutated, recreational driving is prohibited; be prepared to drive your vehicle to your campsite and leave it parked there for the duration of your stay at the event. Vehicles driving without a proper permit may be fined, impounded, or disabled by law enforcement or the Black Rock Rangers. Non-mutated vehicles intended for recreational driving, including motorcycles, large scooters, and ATVs are not permitted in BRC and will be impounded at the gate. However, if a motorcycle is your sole means of transportation to the event, you may enter the city and park it at your campsite. Wind-powered vehicles with a pivoting (non-fixed) mast and a standing operator are allowed to move within BRC. All other types of wind-powered vehicles are not allowed within the city but may operate at the Black Rock Airport. Look for the airport on the BRC map. For more information, contact: dmv (at) burningman (dot) com, or visit dmv.burningman.com.

Mutant Vehicle Safety

Mutant Vehicle participants (vehicle artists, operators, and passengers) must comply with certain safety standards.

Vehicle Integrity & Mechanical Characteristics
To be licensed, your Mutant Vehicle must meet certain standards of structural and mechanical integrity. This safety standard applies to all Mutant Vehicles at all times. A violation of public safety could result in immediate eviction from the event.

Mutant Vehicles must have physical integrity:

  • All fluids leaking from a vehicle must be caught in a pan and disposed of properly.
  • There must be rails for people to hold onto.
  • The vehicle must be structurally safe for its occupants.
  • Vehicle body alterations should not pose a physical danger to anyone.

Mutant Vehicles must have certain mechanical characteristics:

  • Functioning brakes
  • Controllable speed
  • A reasonable turning radius
  • Safe mechanical operation
  • Adequate lighting for nighttime permits

Fulfilling these requirements is the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle.

Driver Responsibilities:

  • Drive safely.
  • Come to a complete stop before anyone gets on or off the vehicle. Passengers must be able to get on and off safely.
  • Respect the posted speed limits and drive slower as needed to avoid kicking up dust.
  • Do not drive erratically (swerving; stopping and starting quickly).
  • Do not drive on pedestrian walkways, see the BRC map for details.
  • Make sure your BRC-DMV license is properly displayed on the rear of your vehicle.
  • Pedestrians and bicycles always have the right of way.
  • Violation of these rules can result in fines, impounding, and/or eviction from the event.
  • Do not drive when visibility is obstructed in “white out” conditions.

Passenger Responsibilities:

  • Only board or exit from a stationary vehicle.
  • If the vehicle doesn't look safe, don't get on. Listen to your instincts.
  • If you are feeling uncomfortable, you have the right to safely leave the vehicle upon request.


Scooters and Go-Peds

Large, seated, street-legal "Vespa" type scooters, like motorcycles, are not allowed to drive in our pedestrian and bicycle city.

Small motorized scooters (two wheeled, lightweight, standup, small, no-seat, offstreet type) and go-peds are allowed in Black Rock City but they are subject to the same rules as any other motorized vehicles - drive 5 MPH and have front and rear lights at night. BLM Rangers will issue citations for non-compliance.



Airport And Pilot Policies

88NV is a temporary playa airport for transportation, aerial photography, and performance art. FAA, BLM regulations and playa rules are necessary for a safe and considerate aviation community. Briefings on playa are mandatory for all pilots; private, commercial, helicopter, ultralight, balloon, and skydivers. Landing restrictions begin days before the gate opens. New this year: operating hours are 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and charter flights need permits.

First stop for information: The Airport. Additional questions? Email airport (at) burningman (dot) com before mid-August.2011.





FUEL SAFETY

Fuel and Hazardous Materials Storage

All participants using combustible fuels in an art installation or storing fuel in camp must comply with the following practices for storing and handling these materials:
Storage of Compressed and Liquefied Gases (CO2, oxygen, propane, nitrogen, etc.)

  • All gas cylinders must be secured in an upright position to prevent tipping.
  • All cylinder valve caps must remain on the assemblies unless in use with plumbing or regulator set.
  • Main shut off valve (Key Valve) must be marked.

Storage of Liquid Fuels (gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and white gas)

  • 20 gallons or more of flammable liquid must be kept within a secondary containment area, such as a petroleum resistant tarp rolled up to act as a berm.
  • A supply of cat litter or other fuel absorbent material must be kept on hand near any spills basin.
  • All liquid fuel containers must be clearly labeled. Original labels are preferred.
  • Liquid fuel containers in camping areas require a 30 ft. safety perimeter, and unobstructed access for ESD vehicles in case of fire.


: A petroleum, flammable liquid fire burns at the surface of the material. Water will spread the flaming liquid over a wider area, vaporizing it rapidly, spreading the fire. To put out such a fire, cut off its air supply or interrupt its chemical chain reaction using carbon dioxide (CO2) or dry chemical powder. Both are effective, but dry chemical is best for outdoor use; it’s not subject to wind, has a longer range, and can extinguish pressurized leaks of gas and liquid. For good all-around fire protection, use an ABC or all-class fire extinguisher.



FUEL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

  • The Emergency Services Department (ESD) must be notified of fuel presence and location of acetylene cylinders of any size.
  • Acetylene cylinders shouldn’t be stored horizontally and must be separated from oxygen cylinders by 20' unless plumbed or on a cutting cart.
  • Propane cylinders of 100 gallons or more are NOT permitted in the city.
  • Compressed flammable gases stored in camping areas require a 30 ft. safety perimeter, and unobstructed access for ESD vehicles in case of fire.
  • Signage stating "Flammable Fuel" must be easily seen.
  • A dry chemical fire extinguisher must be kept visible near, but not on top of the storage location of any liquid fuel.


MORE FUEL SAFETY REMINDERS

  • Store fuel away from running generators.
  • Turn generators OFF before refueling.
  • Use a pump when transferring fuel. Do not siphon using your mouth. A mouth full of fuel could be fatal. Wash hands after fueling.
  • Keep all equipment in good condition. Watch for leaks, or damage.
  • If fuel is spilled on clothing, move away from any ignition source, and allow clothing to dry. Use waterless soap for hands. If fuel should accidentally splash in eyes, use water to flush.
  • Be aware of static electricity. Any spark can ignite gasoline vapors. Always fill containers on the ground, not in or on vehicles.
  • Always use a bonding strap when transferring flammables and combustibles between containers.

Additional questions about fuel storage should be directed to: fuelsafety (at) burningman (dot) com. For ESD questions email 911 (at) burningman (dot) com
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