Fire Prevention reserve the right to make any final decisions regarding the outlined requirements, according to Section 2‐36‐220 of the Municipal Code of Chicago on Fire Prevention.
Prior to the show opening and at any time during the event, the Fire Marshal may inspect the booths to ensure these requirements are met. If a booth imposes a significant fire hazard, it will be prohibited from exhibiting.
The Fire Safety Manager at 312‐791‐6079 (Fax 312‐791‐6013) or firstname.lastname@example.org can answer any questions or provide a set of fire code information.
In addition to equipment and furniture placed within a booth space, Exhibitors are allowed to stage the following items:
- Boxed or loose product, materials or literature.
- Fiber cases used to ship pop‐up displays
- Personal items such as luggage, purses, briefcases or coats.
The following restrictions must be observed when staging these additional items:
- The amount of product, materials or literature that may be staged within a booth space must not exceed a one‐day supply.
- Items may be placed either in a display case, on a counter, on a shelving unit, in a closet, on a table, under a table or stacked neatly within the booth space.
- Items that are placed under a table must not protrude outside the table dimensions.
- Items that are stacked must not create a tripping hazard or hamper easy movement within the booth space.
- Items may not be placed on or within six inches of floor ports, electrical wiring or cabling.
- Items may not be placed behind drape within the booth.
- Pallets, empty crates, cartons and boxes may not be stored in the booth space.
- Staging will not be allowed behind the back wall of the booth and behind the drape within the booth.
Fire Safety personnel will patrol the exhibit area. If anyone is in violation a written notice will be given to the Exhibitor.
Booth construction and decoration materials must be fire retardant. It is suggested that a certificate of retardancy be available at the show to prevent the need for possible onsite testing of the material. Fabrics must pass the NFPA‐701 Code, and all other construction and decoration materials must pass the NFPA‐703 Code as well as the UL‐ 1975 test. General guidelines for material fire retardancy include:
- Backdrops, tents, canopies, dust and table covers, drapes and similar fabrics: These fabrics can often be made fire retardant by a dry cleaner that can issue a certificate of fire retardancy. Suppliers and/or display manufacturers can also provide a certificate included with the materials.
- Corrugated cardboard/display boxes: These materials can best be made fire retardant at a factory.
- Wood and wood by‐products: If wood materials are not sufficiently fire retardant, a certified fire retardant specialist using pressure impregnation or similar impregnation method must treat them.
- Polyurethane foam, plastic and similar products need to be treated as well.
The following items are fire‐hazardous and prohibited in McCormick Place:
- All flammable compressed gases, such as propane and butane
- Explosives and live ammunition
- Untreated Christmas trees, cut evergreens or similar trees
- Fireplace logs and similar materials
- Untreated mulch, Hay Straw, Bamboo and Spanish moss