A wedding day is one of the most special memories a couple will experience together. However, amongst the joyous celebrations, safety should be at the heart of everything when it comes to fire safety for weddings.
From the choice of decorations to lighting arrangements, many factors contribute to the potential fire risk. In this article, we highlight the dangers of fire when choosing your wedding venue and how to look out for them.
Understanding the venue
Before diving into the deep end of all things wedding planning, familiarising yourself with the venue is essential. Each will have its different layouts, emergency exits, and safety protocols to think about.
Meet with venue staff to discuss emergency procedures and enquire about the location of fire extinguishers and emergency exits. A thorough understanding of the venue’s layout will help you to make informed decisions regarding your wedding setup ahead of the big day.
Decorations provide a romantic atmosphere for your wedding, but some choices could pose fire hazards. Opt for flame-resistant materials for tablecloths and drapes to limit the risk of fire spreading should an accident occur.
Responsible candle usage
Candles are often a fan favourite when it comes to building ambience. Not only do they add allure, but they also bring warmth to the venue, but without proper handling, they can lead to disaster! Make sure to keep candles away from flammable materials, and consider protective coverings to prevent accidental fires. LED candles are a great alternative, offering the same glow without the risk of an open flame.
Modern weddings often showcase elaborate lighting setups. From string to fairy lights, ensure all electrical equipment is in good condition and compliant with safety standards. Not only do lights pose a threat, but overloading power outlets for DJ booths, heaters, kitchen appliances and more all bring an element of risk if not handled correctly.
Regularly checking for damaged equipment or withered wires will help to minimise the risk of electrical fires, allowing you to have optimum fun on your special day with plenty of vibrancy.
Emergency evacuation plan
It’s in any wedding planner’s best interest to establish a comprehensive evacuation plan that venue staff are aware of in case of emergencies, and the right venue will already have a strategy to keep visitors and staff members safe.
Choose a venue with smoke and fire curtains
Creating a safe wedding environment doesn’t have to feel stressful. The right venue will have the best safety procedures in place, ensuring your special day runs smoothly regardless of the event of a fire. Some venues have installed smoke and fire curtains as part of their fire safety strategy, which protects large open-plan areas and provides safe passages of egress.
Rest assured smoke and fire curtains are installed seamlessly and aesthetically into the building’s design without interrupting your special day. Get in touch to learn more about how smoke and fire curtains protect us.