IDOL offers haunted house safety tips | Arts & Culture
(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Labor is offering some safety tips for haunted house enthusiasts.
The department is encouraging residents to wear bright clothing and follow safety rules.
“We want to make sure that individuals, who bravely enjoy a good scare at haunted houses, do so safely,” said IDOL Director Joe Costigan. “We urge parents and kids to read safety signs to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”
IDOL suggests the following tips to stay safe:
- Check for an Illinois Department of Labor 2011 permit sticker
- Read all signage before entering a haunted house and listen to your guide for directions
- Pay attention to the location of exits in the haunted house
- Stay on the approved path of travel and be cautious on or near stairs
- Do not smoke, use lighters or matches
- Wear bright-colored clothing and avoid loose-fitting clothing that could snag on props
- Be aware that strobe lights may be in use
- Remember - being safely conscious can ensure a happy Halloween
IDOL says they conduct 4,500 routine inspections at least once a year of all amusement rides and attractions that are open to the public, including haunted houses.
The department's amusement-ride safety inspectors check that rides or attractions are in compliance with state laws and meet manufacturer requirements. The department says it will issue permits to operate only after an inspection determines the ride or attraction meets required safety standards.
For more information, you can visit IDOL online.
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