Due to the unpredictable and adventurous nature of paintball, there are various risks involved throughout the game. All of these risks, however, can be controlled or eliminated if the appropriate paintball safety rules are implemented and precautions are taken. Operate only with quality-tested and approved paintball equipment, follow the game rules and guidelines, listen to the staff member instructions and you will be able to fully enjoy and appreciate the exciting sport of paintball.
The most basic and essential safety guidelines for paintball are as follows:
- The primary rule in paintball is to keep your goggles on at all times when in a game zone, or when paintball markers are otherwise present (for example to the “gun zone” at base camp).
- Always assume a marker is loaded, and treat it accordingly. When not in use, engage the safety catch and point the marker in a safe direction.
- Only wear masks that are made specifically for paintball. All accredited members of the UKPBA have your safety as their first priority and will provide you with paintball-specific safety equipment.
- If your mask or any other item of equipment is damaged in any way, immediately bring the fault to the attention of a staff member who can then issue you with new equipment.
- Never tamper with the gas bottle or propellant as these are potentially dangerous and should only be filled and serviced by qualified personnel.
- Employ common sense when playing in woodland areas or on uneven ground, and always wear appropriate footwear.
Remember that legitimate paintball fields, such as those approved by the UKPBA, are safe controlled environments with qualified staff to deal with insurance, risk assessment, training, supervision and control. Staff members are trained to ensure all players participate within the guidelines of the games and do not do anything that may potentially cause harm to themselves or other players.