Safety Guidelines

One of the major motivations for organizing the NAFAA was to set up an organized effort to gather the regulations from all the major North American cities involving Open Flame performance. These regulations were to be compiled into a single set of rules that, if followed exactly, would allow performers to perform legally no matter where they go.

After gathering several cities’ codes it was decided that a unified code could not be established. Principally, this was because some locations had directly conflicting codes. In lieu of trying to consolidate these conflicts, we decided to make our own safety guidelines.

The second phase of the project was to set up a single set of reasonable guidelines that addressed the underlying concerns of the various Fire Departments while restricting performance the least. Now in their third major revision, these guidelines are being offered to the various FDs as an alternative or supplement to their current rules. Particularly, jurisdictions that have unfairly strict or dangerous rules will be encouraged to change. These guidelines are specifically intended to expand and clarify the NFPA 160 group 1 devices.


  • PDF 3.0
  • HTML 3.0
  • PDF 2.1
  • HTML 2.1
  • The annotated 2.1 regs in HTML. Learn the “why” behind the “what” in safety.


  • NFPA 160 (1998) (html)
  • NFPA 160 (2011) (realread)

Current versions or printed materials can be found on the NFPA site.

Regulations from local fire departments should be submitted as fully annotated as possible. Exact policies in e-mail or fax form accepted and an attempt to learn the rational behind them should be made. Once gathered, they should be submitted to the webmaster. Full submissions will be awarded with a link in the regions page.