Fires in auditoriums and stadiums
Knowledge and understanding
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Understand all associated hazard knowledge
The layout of a building containing an auditorium may be complex and may contain high fire loads from equipment and other items associated with the performance. An auditorium is likely to contain overhead hazards such as lighting, projectors, speakers, scenery and other equipment. There may also be fireworks stored in the building.
See National Operational Guidance: Industry for further information.
Backstage areas may include concealed and confined spaces, and security features that may delay firefighting activity. Upper viewing areas may be hazardous due to steep access staircases and low balcony protection.
Hazards associated with atriums may also be present in an auditorium that occupies more than one floor of a building.
The internal layout of a stadium, particularly one consisting of many adjoining structures, may be complex and may contain high fire loads from plastic or foam sports training equipment, or from equipment associated with a musical performance.
There may be temporary structures, including seating stands and stages. The type of seating may affect potential fire development.
Access to non-public areas may have security features, delaying fire and rescue service operations. A stadium may also be designed to give limited access between certain areas, for example to separate supporters of opposing sports teams.
Upper viewing areas may be hazardous due to steep access staircases and low balcony protection.
- Control measureAppropriate intervention: Fires in atriums
- Control measureAppropriate intervention: Fires in auditoriums and stadiums