Health, Safety & Security
The Building Code prohibits the use of flammable materials in booth construction and décor. Styrofoam and foam core, in any form, is forbidden. Fire regulations require that all decorating materials (ie. fabric and carpeting, etc.) be fire proofed or made of fire retardant material. This does not apply to displaying your own product. Flame proofing usually lasts from 6 months to 1 year. Once your display has been flame proofed please make sure you bring the documentation on-site to show to the fire prevention inspector. This will avoid having to fire-test the exhibit on site. The documentation should indicate by whom and when the fireproofing was done, the exact materials flame proofed and the flame proofing compound used and the approximate period of effectiveness. The fire prevention inspector will remove equipment and materials considered hazardous at the exhibitor’s expense. (All fire proofing must take place off-site prior to move-in.)
1. Displays may not block, impede or obstruct a fire exit from view. Should the sight line of such exits be affected, the VCC Fire Marshall may provide alternative plans.
2. Displays may not restrict access to or obstruct from view any fire hose cabinet, fire hydrant or fire department connection.
3.The use of open flame is limited to equipment that requires open flame to demonstrate the function of such equipment. Approval is required from the VCC Fire Marshall who will ensure that the equipment set-up complies with safety standards. An approved fire extinguisher will be required in the display area.
4. Any booth which may pose a particular hazard by the storage or actions within must provide a portable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 5 to 20lbs, type ABC. This will include cooking, use of propane, etc. Only one propane tank permitted in a booth at a time. Additional tanks must go to designated storage area.
5. If it is deemed by the VCC that a display or action of any exhibitor may affect public safety, the exhibitor shall accept the required changes or Show Management shall be required to evict the exhibitor.
These guidelines to fire safety are general requirements only. For more detailed information, please contact your VCC Event Manager or view their website www.vancouverconventioncentre.com