General Policies

Northeast Fire and Arts Festival (NEFA) is an 18 and older event. No one will be permitted entry to the event without valid ID confirming age.

  • Vendors and Staff may be eligible for a waiver of the age restriction with prior approval by management.
  • No pets/domestic animals are allowed onsite. Service animals are allowed/excluded from this policy.
  • Northeast Fire and Arts Festival retains the right to refuse entrance to any individual or group of individuals that may pose a threat, unrest or confrontation to other attendees during the event.
  • Participants are not permitted to bring their own alcohol onsite. Use of illegal substances is prohibited per state law. Persons found disregarding these rules will be asked to leave the event – no refund will be given.
  • Leave no trace – please pack and pack out all bottles, cans and materials that you bring onsite. Garbage cans will be placed at various places onsite. Please do not throw garbage, plastic or any non-wood items in campfires (this includes smoking materials).
  • Fires are not permitted at individual tent/camping sites. Campfires and fire spinning will be at designated areas only.

 

General Fire Safety Guidelines

For those intending to play with fire there is a mandatory safety briefing on Friday and Saturday evenings.

  • Before you do anything on fire, you must attend a safety briefing. If you miss the evening safety briefing, find a safety vet (Identified by their LED cubes) and ask them for a run-down of the safety protocols for the event.
  • Never use a prop that you cannot safely extinguish.
  • You are always responsible for your own safety, including always finding and having a safety while playing with fire.
  • Only safety someone if you feel comfortable with the equipment, the person, and your safety skills.
  • If someone says no to safetying you, thank them for being honest and looking out for your safety.
  • The safety vets have the final call in all things on the field. Even if you do not agree, please do as they ask and talk to them afterwards so all may learn from the experience. If you disagree with a safety vet’s decision, you may find the safety organizer to ask for a second opinion.
  • A safety vet will be tending the fueling station at all times during burning hours. If you appear to be under the influence of any mind-altering substance, you will be denied access to the fueling station and burn field. If you are asked not to spin fire, please respect the judgement of the safety vet in charge. If you disagree with the decision of a safety vet, you may find the safety organizer to ask for a second opinion.
  • People with LED cube necklaces are safety vets that are there to help teach safety and manage the burn field. If you have a question, ask them; if they ask you to do something, please listen, whether you are spinning or safetying.
  • Be prepared to take a turn safetying if you yourself have been safetied.

Basic Safety and Field Etiquette 

  • If you have any safety questions or concerns during the event, do not hesitate to speak with a safety vet, or the safety organizer.
  • Know your own limits. One experienced safety can watch up to 2 fire manipulators at one time, provided everyone involved is comfortable with it.
  • Please remember to check your gear! Inspect your props and your duvatyne before fueling and lighting up.
  • As a courtesy, try not to walk between safeties and their fire manipulator during a burn.
  • Remember not to walk through the middle of the burn field. Walk around the outside perimeter and enter the field at the point closest to where you would like to play.
  • Keep your Duvatyne in your hands at all times while safetying. Do NOT sit while you are safetying.
  • Be aware when safetying that the first 30 seconds or so of a burn are when fuel transfers are most likely to occur. Be attentive!
  • If you have extinguished several props after a burn, or one freshly fueled prop, be sure to check your duvatyne for fuel transfer before using it again. If you have gotten fuel transferred onto your duvatyne, be sure to let it dry before using it again.

Fueling Station and Fuel Dump Etiquette

  • All fuel that is actively being used for fueling should be behind the Fuel Dump Shield.
  • No open flame or smoking near the Fueling Station.
  • Ask the safety vet who is attending the Fueling Station before adding a bucket of a new fuel type (like a mixture).
  • All fuel which is being used to soak props should be kept in a fuel dump: A 1 gallon steel paint can inside a 5 gallon plastic bucket. The 1 gallon can should always be kept inside the bucket during fueling. The only exception is when they need to be removed to fuel a hoop or other tool. In instances where the 1 gallon can needs to be removed from the 5 gallon bucket, it should be put back into the bucket immediately after fueling is done.
  • Covers for the 5 gallon buckets should be kept upside down next to their respective buckets during fueling, and placed on top of the buckets when not in use. NOTE: Do not push down on or seal the lid onto the 5 gallon bucket unless the inside bucket is sealed (at the end of the night only).
  • Other fuel containers (PVC tubes for swords, troughs for fans, etc) can stay at the fueling station, but must be left out of traffic areas when not in use.
  • Empty fuel cans should be flattened and put in the trash barrel without the caps on them.
  • Use spin off buckets if possible. Spin off in the designated “spin off area” only. If using a spin off bucket, empty the reclaimed fuel back into the the fuel dump can.

Non-traditional Props & Fire Breathing

  • Find a safety with the knowledge and experience to safety for you. For non-traditional props or fire breathing please find a safety who can focus only on you (1:1 Safety/Fire Manipulator ratio).
  • Bring your safety and your prop to the safety coordinator for brief introduction and equipment review. Ask the safety organizer if there is a specific area where you should use this prop.
  • Before breathing fire for the first time at this event, please check in with the safety organizer to discuss your proficiency level and/or to find an adequate safety for your skill level.

Fire Eating/Fleshing

  • During a fire eating/fleshing circle is the only time a safety is allowed to sit. General practice is to pass around the duvatyne as you take turns with the torches.
  • If you would like to join an existing circle, be respectful and ask first if it is an open or closed circle. If it is an open circle and you are invited to join, be sure to ask about their circle etiquette (do you need your own torches & duvatyne, etc).

Northeast Fire and Arts Festival (NEFA) – Photography Policy

Photographers/Videographers Guidelines:

  • It is expected that photographers/videographers be open about their activities. If someone is seen trying to hide that they are taking pictures, malicious intent will be assumed. Organizers may choose to alert authorities and you may be asked to leave the event – no refund will be given.
  • It is expected that photographers/videographers obtain permission for pictures that are taken of individuals for any reason. Permission is ideally obtained beforehand. However, if a great shot presents itself, a photographer may choose to shoot first, and ask permission after. He/she is still obligated to erase the picture if the subject asks.
  • Photographers/videographers may take a picture/video of groups of people, or of artwork with people nearby, in a public area that has no specific prohibition against it, without asking permission of all the people that incidentally appear in the shot. However, it is expected that the photographer will exercise good judgment about the content of their photographs/video , and will obtain consent whenever possible.
  • If a photographer/videographer is perceived to be violating these rules a NEFA organizer should be notified. Ultimately, any person violating NEFA rules or interfering with another’s safety and/or enjoyment of the event may be asked to leave.

Attendee Guidelines:

  • Individuals retain legal rights to use their images. Photographers may not photograph anyone who requests not to be photographed, and must destroy any existing images at the subject’s request, even if prior consent had been granted.
  • Your attendance at NEFA grants consent for any picture or movie to be taken of you to be used by NEFA.
  • Despite the NEFA photography/videography policy, each participant must understand that she or he is ultimately responsible for their own actions. NEFA and/or its agents are not responsible if a photo of you appears in public.
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