CRITICAL USER GUIDELINES
Due to the size and weight for these type streamers, it is recommended that the shooter use caution and take note of the following safety guidelines.
For the most part, 25’ metallic streamers are usually too large for the average inside job. Exceptions are indoor arenas or stages with a lot of head room (40’ or higher) and a wide open space for safe shooting. Keep in mind that walking aisles are usually not wide enough to safely shoot unless there is no one sitting near the sides. Although these streamers can function in rooms with lower ceilings, (under 40’) the concern is, lower ceilings force the shooter to fire at a lower angle. This in turn may prevent some streamers from operating properly and fail to unravel fully. In other words, large and/or heavier streamers of this type need a lot of room and audience clearance. You can first throw one by hand, to get an idea of distance and trajectory. When in doubt, use the smaller 12’ metallic or 18’ tissue type streamers.
1 - For outdoors, professional shooters use helium filled tethered balloons to aid in determining wind direction. Balloons should be at least 25’ high to be effective. A shooter must realize that wind currents can carry streamers 100 feet or more from where you shoot them! Normally the best shots are accomplished by shooting in the same direction as the wind is blowing, but putting safety first. This in turn allows your streamers to be more visible for a longer period of time. Wind gusts, however, can play havoc with your shot and sometimes destroy the look. (As outlined below, put safety and good judgment first.)
2 - For safety concerns: Never shoot directly at anyone or into a crowd. Shoot only into open areas, upwards with at least a 45º angle and in some cases, 75 or 90º angle. IMPORTANT: refer to original product instructions for streamer preparation.
3 - When around people, shoot to the right or left of the crowd or into the open section in front of them. In other words, it’s ok to stand in the front row of the spectators and shoot in the direction that they are looking. Do not shoot back into the bleachers or chairs as angle of trajectory can be hazardous. If outside, best to shoot streamers upwind and let them drift over people.
4 - Another suggestion: If wind conditions are favorable, and crowd is sitting and looking in one direction, some shooters prefer to shoot from behind. To do this, wear safety goggles and shoot straight up from behind the last person. To use this method, it is best to be standing on top of bleachers, or at the highest point.
5 - Another method, again, depending on wind conditions, stand at the highest point of the bleachers but to the far right or left. Position yourself at the end with the wind blowing into you (the side that the wind hits you before the crowd). Now shoot 75º upwards (away from the crowd) and into the wind. If you are positioned correctly, streamers will drift over the crowd and look great! It is highly recommended that the shooter always wear safety goggles because, in most cases, streamers come out of the barrel with great force!
6 - When shooting any type of material (even confetti) over performers, it is wise to always rehearse and instruct the people underneath not to look up unless they are wearing eye protection. Certain small flake metallic confetti types can be very hazardous when shot above anyone and is not recommended.
Copyright 2003 Special F/X, Inc. Bulletin # 20 xp 8/18/03