Haunted houses and haunted trails are a staple of Halloween time! The purpose of these Halloween attractions are to create the illusion of danger — but never actually put anyone in harm’s way. Research shows that people love being scared while in a safe environment, and they are willing to pay for the experience. Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in our county, with more than $7 billion spent on candy, costumes, and the “haunted” attractions we love to fear.
These frightening times are meant to be fun, unfortunately, sometimes they do result in injury.
“Haunted” attractions have props and hardware that could injure patrons and workers alike. It is critical that any company putting on a Halloween attraction carry the proper insurance, invest in the proper safety equipment, and adhere to the maximum capacity regulations of the space they occupy.
We want you and your family to safely enjoy the spooks of the season! Follow these Haunted House and Halloween attraction safety tips!
- Follow all posted rules and regulations.
- Listen for emergency instructions or announcements that are made by mouth or over a PA system.
- Keep an eye out for, and be aware of, emergency Exits.
The National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code® requires every special amusement building, including haunted houses, to be “protected throughout by an approved automatic sprinkler system” that is properly installed and maintained.
Due to the temporary nature of Halloween attractions, if the attraction is moveable or portable, the “sprinkler water supply may be by an approved temporary means.” However, the attraction still must have an adequate and approved sprinkler system. If you enter into a Halloween attraction that does not appear to have a sprinkler system, we urge you and your family to exit the attraction at the quickest and safest opportunity.
Follow these Trick or Treating safety tips!
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Carry a flash light with you.
- Only approach houses who have their lights on.
- Never go inside a person’s home or vehicle.
- Practice good road safety! Look both ways before crossing the street and stay aware of vehicles on the road.
- Inspect your children’s candy for potential hazards, open wrappers, or other evidence of tampering.
Feel free to share these safety tips with friends and family!
Injuries At Nebraska Haunted Houses
Every October people are injured at our haunted houses. No matter how careful you are, sometimes accidents happen. When injuries are caused by a failure on the part of the haunted house or its staff, to establish or to follow safety rules for the operation of its facility, then you may be entitled to compensation.
If you or your child have been injured at a Nebraska haunted house or other Halloween attraction, we invite you to meet with us for a free consultation. Contact us today through our simple web form or call us (402) 558-4900.
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Matthew G. Miller serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.