SPRINGFIELD – With Halloween fast approaching, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) are on a mission: ensuring every haunted house creaks and scares safely.
Inspectors from IDOL’s Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division, along with state and local allies, are combing through Illinois’s haunted attractions. Although certain not-for-profit haunted houses can seek an exemption from IDOL, they aren’t off the hook; local authorities and the State Fire Marshal ensure compliance.
Illinois State Fire Marshal James Rivera emphasized the essence of safety amid the fun. “Making sure these attractions remain fire safe should be a top priority. We want to stress that all haunted house operators go through the proper steps and follow all safety guidelines to ensure guests are kept safe while visiting.” Rivera said.
Key safety features include sufficient exits, restricted use of open flames, and mandatory flame resistance for decorations. Furthermore, state laws mandate criminal background checks, sex offender registry verification, and a stringent substance abuse policy for all amusement staff.
Concerns about a haunted house’s safety or permit status? Report it to the Department of Labor at 217-557-3112 or visit their website. Safety first, screams second!