Vehicles on the Stages

Vehicles are allowed on the sound stage only upon approval by the Stage Supervisor. The facility must be protected from ignition of their flammable materials, and from dripping oil and grease. In order to safely use a motor vehicle on a stage, the following policies are to be followed explicitly:

  • Prior to moving the vehicle onto the stage, the fuel tank must be professionally removed, or completely filled. Empty tanks have dangerous levels of easily ignitable fumes.
  • The battery must be removed from the vehicle. The vehicle will have to be pushed onto the stage, without power steering or brakes. The battery may not be replaced until the vehicle is safely outside the building.
  • A faculty or staff member must be present to supervise when the vehicle is moved into and removed from the stage. The production must schedule this at a time when a faculty or staff member can be present.
  • Protective material – such as a tarp or old foam-core, NOT solids or sound blankets – must be placed under the engine, transmission, and differential to catch any fluid.
  • Open flames are prohibited from the stage while a vehicle is present.
  • Facilitation of dash lights and windshield wipers must be worked out in advance of the use of a vehicle onstage.