Fire Marshal Rules for Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

If you attended the Grand Nationals last year, you may recall the ”Great Cheese Cloth Debacle”.   If you aren’t familiar with this then you missed some major “fireworks” during move in time.  Many barns had began decorating their aisles with the usual roof and special flame retardant cheesecloth (which is very expensive).  After several had finished, the Fire Marshal held a meeting and told the various trainers that due to the new sprinkler system in the barn, flame retardant materials were no longer allowed and that the cheese cloth would have to be removed or altered.  Needless to say, there was quite an uproar (and many, many ticked off people).

To keep this from happening again, I contact Rodney Huston of the Fire Prevention Office of Oklahoma City.   He was very helpful and sent the list of rules that apply to Horse shows at the Fairgrounds.  I have copied them below.  He also sent a comprehensive list for all of the city, so if you have questions not covered by the information below contact his office or email me (blackeyebeth@gmail.com) and I can forward the bigger list to you.  Hope this is helpful!

OKLAHOMA CITY FIRE MARSHALS OFFICE
SPECIAL EVENTS FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY FOR LIVESTOCK
November, 2007
1. There shall be NO plastic or vinyl material in the buildings, coverings for stalls, or used for temporary security of retail storefronts.

2. Only stalls for tack storage, entertainment, or sleeping can be covered on the top, and will require a smoke detector.

3. The stalls can only be covered in a red rosin construction grade paper or (butcher block paper) cheesecloth, either regular or restaurant type grade. Wood strapping-3’ max. On center to attach paper is allowed.

4. Sleeping areas are to be equipped with a smoke detector and fire extinguisher.

5. Any aisle space between stalls can be covered only if equal open space to material not to exceed 4 (foot) ie. If your material is max. 4 (foot) then the space between material shall be min. 4 (foot).

6. No two (2) continuous stalls shall be covered at any time.

7. Combustible storefront elevations shall be treated in ACCORDANCE WITH NFPA 701 to make them flame retardant and a certificate or similar proof is supplied to the Oklahoma City Fire Marshals Office prior to its placing. Material that is being treated by user must be done in the presence of an Inspector from the City of Oklahoma City Fire Marshals Office.

8. Awnings shall not exceed out from stalls any further than 4 (foot).

9. No portable heaters of any type are allowed in the Oklahoma City Fairground livestock facilities.

10.NO tents or canopies are allowed inside the barns, arena, or livestock area.  This is to include but not limited to EZ-UP pop up tents.

11.NO SMOKING will be permitted in Arena or Livestock area (BARNS).

12.NO hay, straw, shavings, or similar combustible materials used for decorations are permitted within any facility unless they have been treated in ACCORDANCE WITH NFPA 701 to make them flame retardant and a certificate or similar proof is supplied to the Oklahoma City Fire Marshals Office prior to its placing. (Hay or straw for animals is permissible and can be kept in stall areas for feeding and or bedding)

13. Combustible trash shall be removed at least once a day during the period the arena/exhibit is occupied.

For Further Questions or Information Contact:

City of Oklahoma City Fire Marshals Office
Office 405-297-3584  Fax: 405-297-3330
2300 General Pershing Blvd.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107

One Response to Fire Marshal Rules for Oklahoma State Fairgrounds

  1. hrhirene says:

    Thanks for posting this. Last year, even when the Great Cheesecloth Debate was supposedly resolved, there was still a lot of confusion as to what was allowed. This will be a great help!

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