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Haunted house prepares for a safe scare

Haunted house prepares for a safe scare

The ghouls and goblins are getting ready for their Halloween debut, and so is Rene Wiffin.

"We are stepping things up every year and this year we are over 4 thousand square feet, says Wiffin who is the coordinator for Just Scream.

She and a group of volunteers are hosting a scream worthy haunted house.

"Safe fun that is the ultimate goal," says Wiffin.

However, before that fun begins Wiffin has to make sure the haunted house is in compliance with regulations set by the Oregon fire code.


"Materials have to be flame resistant as well as anything that is flammable has to be sprayed with a retardant of some sort."

Dangling materials like plastic and gauze can catch fire in an instant.

"If you use regular black plastic from the hardware store, it goes up in an instant and catch everything else on fire.," says Wiffin. "You have to stay compliant with it (fire regulations) otherwise you have a huge tinder box of a disaster that could happen."

Wiffin also has to make sure there is easy access for people to get out.

"By the time we have our inspection, we will have our exit signs up and a pathway through. Plus our event is guided and if someone gets too scared we can call a no scare and escort them out," says Wiffin.

Wiffin also has to get a permit to be able to have the haunted house.

Most of these rules apply for residential haunted houses as well.


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