Fire Safety Guide
Please read and understand before first use
The use of fire can be dangerous. Users should be competent hoopers and have experience using wicks on their hoops unlit, before proceeding to light.
If you are inexperienced with fire wicks and fire equipment, please ensure you have been guided by a competent fire user prior and during use.
There really is no safer way to learn than from an experienced fire user. Debby teaches one to one fire safety and can take you through all the safety points for you to perform a safe burn. Message us to check availability for fire safety.
Never burn alone
Always have a fire safety spotter. A spotter is someone who watches out for you while you’re fire hooping, if any part of your hair/clothing/self/surroundings catches fire, the spotters job is to alert you and put you out. Your safety person should have a damp towel to hand to cover any flames if necessary and to extinguish wicks. When spinning fire you can’t see people coming towards you, so if anything catches fire your spotter should loudly tell you as they come towards you.
DO NOT use indoors
When choosing a location to fire hoop always make sure you are in an area free from combustible materials. Always check you are within safe distance should a wick break or you lose hold of your hoop that it cannot reach any flammable objects, buildings, people or animals
It is essential to wear non-flammable clothing such as 100% cotton, denim or leather. Long sleeves are best. Loose or dangly clothing and polyester/nylon should be avoided.
Hair should be tied back and free from hairspray or products. You may want to wear a hat or slightly damp your hair prior to burning.
Attaching your wicks
Un-clip your hoop. Loosen the hoop clip with a flat head screw driver, or a penny, just enough to allow the BendyWick™ to slide on. Thread all of your BendyWicks™ on and clip your hoop back together. Position your BendyWicks™ on the tape markers on your hoop. Tighten each BendyWick™ just enough to grip the pipe. Over tightening will damage your hoop and may cause extra stress on to the hoop clip.
Your first burn
Soak the wick in paraffin until no more bubbles appear at the surface. Properly soaking your wicks prolongs their life. Spin off excess fuel while unlit (this is essential to stop paraffin from spraying out alight from the hoop during use). Set light making sure the flames do not come into contact with the hoop. Let them burn but put out using damp cloth before they burn out. It is best to do this a few times before hooping to build a layer of carbon onto the wick. If possible always put the wicks out before they burn out to help prolong the life of the wick. Always allow to fully cool before putting away and do not allow the wicks to get wet. Wet wicks do not absorb paraffin and will not burn.
The shaft and other metal components do get hot during use. Do not touch these parts directly after or during a burn. Allow plenty of time to cool. When fire hooping the hoop clip does not get hot thus not damaging your hoop.