In 1984, a haunted house amusement attraction turned into a real horror show. The amusement park in New Jersey was in severe violation of several fire safety codes, and unfortunately, a fire broke out inside the haunted house attraction. Dozen of people were treated for smoke inhalation, and eight lost their lives. Since 1984, several new laws and regulations were passed to ensure fire safety in haunted house and amusement attractions.
Your haunted house is a huge investment, and failing to legally and adequately fireproof it can turn the amusement into a terrifying scarefest. Not only will your business and property be destroyed in a fire, but your customers and employees could also be injured or worse. So, what can you do to fireproof your haunted house? We’ll cover the specifics below.
1. Ensure the Building is Up-to-code with Fire Safety Regulations
Since the tragic haunted house fire in 1984, legislators passed several fire safety laws to ensure the health and well-being of amusement park patrons and employees alike. Requirements included automatic sprinkler systems, smoke detection systems, clearly-marked directional exit signs, and the use of special, flame-retardant materials. Check out local, state, and federal fire safety laws for haunted houses and amusement attractions and make sure you’re up-to-code. You could even lose customers if you fail to comply with the regulations and secure the proper permits for fire safety. Keep in mind too, that there are no exemptions for seasonal Halloween attractions.
2. Test and Treat
Fire safety standards require you to use flame retardant materials with flame spread ratings of 0 to 25 Not all of the products and props you purchase for your haunted house will automatically comply with these ratings. You will have to test and treat your props and decorations. Take a small sample from the props and accessories that you are unsure of, and test and treat them to the manufacturer’s recommended coverage and application specifications.
3. Treat with Fire Retardant Spray
Before you begin treating props with fire retardant spray, always refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations for coverage and application. When you use a spray application, hold the nozzle about ten to twelve inches away from the surface of the object. Spray slowly back and forth, and be sure to overlap each stroke, so you don’t miss any surface area.
If you have a prop that is made out of fabric, you will have to immerse it in flame retardant and let it dry completely before using it.
It’s critical for safety and legal compliance to treat your haunted house props with flame retardant spray. Treating props with flame retardant spray is a simple, straightforward process that won’t take you very long to complete. And once finished, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your business is compliant and safe for your employees and customers to enjoy. Before you open for business for the Halloween season, make sure you’ve appropriately treated your props before the scares begin.