Here is a completely original statement: "Safety is our #1 Priority!"
Most of these things are obvious, some of them are not so obvious, but all of them are based in common sense - something we all lack from time to time, this is why we have written rules.
- Keep weapons clean and in good condition
- When in doubt (you have not checked it personally), the weapon is loaded
- Keep weapons pointed in a safe direction (up)
- Never point weapons at an individual
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are about to fire
- Keep the weapon unloaded while not participating in a staged battle or designated firing area
- Keep live ammunition at home, do not bring it!
- Keep blank ammunition out of the reach of the public
- When allowing the public to handle firearms (especially kids), set the ground rules (weapon pointed up, finger off trigger, don't work action)
- Do not fire a blank directly at someone under 25'
- Fire 'up and away' at someone under 20 yards
- Do not fire with the muzzle of your weapon directly next to someone's head or above their head. When firing close to another, call out "firing" to give them a heads up so they can plug their ears.
- Use only known blanks in semi-automatic weapons
- Do not actually hit the other person, unless they know it's coming
- Do not pull knives/bayonets, keep them in the scabbards
- Be careful you do not actually injure the other
- Try to talk with someone you will do hand-to-hand with before the battle starts, stage it
- Before they jump you, or you them, put your safety on your weapon to the 'ON' position
- Do not use pyro unless it's been approved by the event staff
- Use pyro in safe manners
- Do not inhale the smoke from smoke bombs (Ken will tell you how bad it is)
- Do not throw pyro into or at vehicles!
- DO NOT throw pyro at the PaK guns or other artillery pieces (many use black powder)
- Do not light yourself on fire
- Keep fire pits away from tents, canvas, and displays
- Keep straw, leaves, pine needles, gas cans, propane tanks, etc. away from fire pits
- Cut the sod out and replace when finished
- Do not let it go out!
- If you do not feel safe doing it, don't do it, get out ASAP
- If you see a reenactor doing something unsafe, let them know, their CO, and/or the event staff
- Obviously, don't drink (or go on a 'trip') and operate machinery or use firearms
- Keep reenactors out of areas with pyro or in paths of tanks on the battlefield (pick them up and drag them out or kick their ass)
- Be sure you wash out any canteen, canteen cup, or mess kit before you actually use it
- Do not eat a war dated ration
- Ear plugs are suggested from some scenarios, especially the leapfrog battles. Those expensive ones that allow one to hear talking, but block loud noises (gunshots) are great.
- Police the public when necessary!
- Keep them out of the battlefields until approved to do so
- Keep them behind the 'crowd line' at all times
- Stop kids from running onto the battlefield
- Keep them out of the way of vehicles (you may have to act as traffic cop sometimes)
- Do not give them anything unsafe (a knife, loaded weapon, etc..)
- Treat all of the public like you would a three year old, kid gloves and don't trust them with anything
- Check the brass if kids come up to you to ensure they do not have a live round or misfire
- Check your own spent brass if handing it out to kids as well
- Stay in a vehicle until it has come to a complete stop
- Do not shoot into a vehicle
- Shooting out of may be OK, may also not be, check
- Do not shoot around tanks where the driver/gunner sits, it is loud and reverberates badly. Go to one side and away from the vehicle
- Stay out of their way
- Get others out of their way
- A tank's visibility is like a paper bag with two dime sized holes cut in, minimal
- Yield to the trains! ALWAYS!
- Do not get on/off until it has come to a complete stop and has signaled so.
- Do not fire into, within, or from a train
- Do not put anything on the rails
- Do not throw objects (or pyro) at a train
Emergencies and similar "Acts of God"
- Take cover, do not panic, follow the orders of leadership.
- Take Motrin, change your socks, drink water
- If such an emergency arises, the squad leader will pick out 2 or 3 individuals to panic. The rest of the unit will follow him.
- In the case of a zombie apocalypse: destroy the brain, keep calm, you're with a bunch of people armed with service rifles, thus your #1 priority is ammunition since most events outlaw live ammo.
- Remember, it could be worse... we could be in Jackson.