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Mandatory "Safety Message"? 12 Nov 2004 21:01 #24685

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Note: I posted this on another board. However, it seems some of you aren't over there... either that, or you've got more creative handles here! For those of you who do haunt the other boards, sorry for the duplication... just trying to get some input on this from anyone who might know something about it.

During a recent fire inspection, a local indie was given a letter, describing the fire department's pending adoption of "international fire standards". Included in these "standards" is a requirement to run an announcement; visual, audible or both, describing the exits and how to get to them. This announcement is supposed to run within 10 minutes of the start of each set. Apparently, those blowtorch exit signs in every auditorium aren't enough... we need "flight attendant" descriptions of how to get down the aisle.

When asked, the manager of the local "big chain house" said he hadn't heard anything about the issue.

I haven't noticed anyone here talking about this. Is it something that the rest of you are already dealing with... just over the horizon or "news to yous"?

We're trying to decide if the indie is getting scammed by an overzealous inspector.
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 12 Nov 2004 23:38 #24686

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This is the first I have heard about this, but it's no surprize... We live in a world that requires a label to be attached to everything from hammers which caution that hitting yourself in the head with this could be hazardous to your health, to a label on lollypop sticks that cautions against trying to swallow the stick, so something along this line is right in line... IF this is a GENUINE new requirement, it will mean little more than running a quicky filmstrip just before the feature, which NO ONE will pay any attention to... Just another example of Big Brother telling us what's good for us...
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 13 Nov 2004 00:09 #24687

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That's news to me. I've never heard anything about it.
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 13 Nov 2004 01:22 #24688

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No, this isn't anything new. Although it's not something that I have seen in recent years, other then in New York City. I don't know if NY movie theatres must announce this, but the legetimate theatres do. Every time I go to a broadway show, either the playbill itself or an insert in it announces the location of the fire exits, and tells you to familiarize yourself with the exit nearest you, and it case of a fire, walk, don't run, to that exit.

There was a time when many local fire ordinances required theatres to run a similar screen announcement. If you look at almost any of Filmacks old catalogs they had several different versions of those fire exit announcements available for purchase, and offered to customize them to fit your local requirements.

I'm sure it was never a national requirement, and possibly not even a state one. Usually it was a local code that was different from town to town.
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 13 Nov 2004 03:43 #24689

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I saw the letter this afternoon. It was written on fire department letterhead & signed by one of their inspectors.

The manager got ahold of a different inspector over there, who seemed surprised by all of this... and then there's the manager of a nearby 10-plex who hadn't heard of it either.

Don't know how this will turn out, but it'll be interesting, either way.
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 13 Nov 2004 14:18 #24690

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Thanks for bringing this up on this forum. Some of us don't consistently (or ever) read the other forums.

Didn't someone get in trouble with another forum awhile back for a "duplication of post".
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 13 Nov 2004 16:13 #24691

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oops, that was me.....
"What a crazy business"
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 13 Nov 2004 19:47 #24692

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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 14 Nov 2004 14:54 #24693

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Never heard of such a ruling. We have a very aggressive Fire Inspector, and if anybody would bring this up...it would be him. I get razed about sprinkler heads all the time, and we are the only building downtown that actually has a system! A working system a that!
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 15 Nov 2004 08:23 #24694

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Often, live venues (concerts, plays) have an announcement before the show. I know at Kodak, any meetings held in our huge 2000+ seat "Theater on the Ridge" are preceded by an announcement about the location of the exits.

Here is a link to the Filmack "Emergency Exit" Trailers:
http://www.filmack.com/products/stockemergency.htm

It says:

"Many state and local laws require you to inform patrons about emergency exits. Emergency Exit trailers show your patrons where exits are located and how to proceed if there is an emergency. The trailers featured below comply with various fire and safety regulations. The laws in your vicinity may require notification via a trailer.
Exit Trailers may be customized with copy that meets your particular needs. Custom trailers can be made silent or produced with narration or music."

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Cell: +1 585-781-4036 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
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Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion

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John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Customer Technical Services
Entertainment Imaging
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7525A
Eastman Kodak Company
Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Telephone: +1 585-477-5325 Fax: +1 585-722-7243
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Website: http://www.kodak.com/go/motion
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 15 Nov 2004 14:44 #24695

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Thanks for the link, John. I'll pass it along to the theatre.
Jack
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Re: Mandatory "Safety Message"? 05 Dec 2004 18:40 #24696

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I know for years now here in connecticut it is mandatory to have the exit trailer running. I've seen them do spot inspections here in CT. A lot of this has to do with the night club in Rhode Island where a bunch of people were killed because of the exits.
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