The following are a few simple rules or safety courtesies to make our Steam Engine Shows better, safer and more enjoyable.
1. DO NOT START an engine when there is a crowd on the opposite side from the wind as they will get sprayed with sooty water.
a. Open all drain cocks and thoroughly bleed the water from the cylinder, steam chest and exhaust pipe.
b. Carefully start, and run the engine very slowly, with the cocks open, until all of the water is removed. Then open the throttle very carefully, to slowly bring the engine up to full speed. Your thoughtfulness may prevent someone from breaking the 3rd Commandment.
2. OUTLAW A TUG-OF-WAR with two engines. Also outlaw a tug-of-war with an engine and the people. They are very dangerous.
a. Someone may be badly injured or even killed by a flying broken chain link, or by the coiling of a broken wire rope.
b. Someone may be injured by a rope breaking, causing the people to fall into a pile.
c. Someone may be badly scalded by a 50-year-old badly-rusted stud bolt giving away.
3. PROHIBIT THE USE of a pony brake and a baker type fan with a tachometer for a competitive test.
a. The pony brake and baker type fan are wonderful show exhibits when used only for that purpose. However, some people are very poor losers and may resort to dangerous tactics to win. For that reason they should not be used for competitive tests.
b. All engines that are to be operated at maximum horse power on either the pony brake or the baker type fan should have their steam gauge and safety valve tested and sealed at the pressure allowed by the State Boiler Inspector.
4. CAUTION - any person operating an engine - at any STEAM ENGINE SHOW - at a pressure higher than the pressure allowed by the State Boiler Inspector, should be barred from operating or showing an engine at any of the Steam Engine Shows.
5. ALL PERSONS having shows, in the states where a boiler inspection is not required, should provide themselves with a pressure pump, to personally give all boilers a cold water test.
6. REMEMBER always, that an accident may have been prevented.