Fire Extinguisher

Fire Safety for Artists

Here are some highlights and tips from Fire Safety for Artists, a workshop that was co-sponsored by All the Art, Critical Mass for the Visual Arts and VLAA at the Regional Arts Commission on May 11, 2017.

CERF+ is a national arts service organization that provides emergency readiness and safety resources that can benefit all artists. Craft artists can apply for emergency grants and loans.

• Commercial and residential leases are different. Generally, the rights of individual residential tenants are protected from unscrupulous landlords, while there’s virtually no consumer protection for commercial tenants. So, before you sign a commercial lease, read our free publication and review the lease with an attorney. If you need legal assistance, apply here.

• An insurance policy is a contract between the insurance company and the person(s) or business being insured. Read your policy. Be sure you understand what’s covered and who will be responsible if a loss occurs. If don’t have renters insurance or a business owner’s policy, investigating your options is free.

• Building and construction codes and their enforcement vary considerably from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

• When shopping for a fire extinguisher, we learned that metal parts are better than plastic. Do you how to use an extinguisher? Watch this short video. Can’t afford one? Contact us.

Gateway Burners and Artica approach fire safety as a team effort. That’s smart. Encourage your friends — artist to artist — to take common sense precautions in their studios.

• Thirty-six artists died in Oakland’s Ghost Ship fire. The description of the artist collective warehouse before the fire is reminiscent of too many spaces in which local artists live and work. We want to know how we can work together to prevent a tragedy in our community. Please send us your ideas.