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Strict requirement details in behind-the-scenes look at haunted house

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Many of you may be spending part of your weekend at a haunted house. You might think setting one up is as easy as finding an empty building then grabbing a few masks and scaring people running through a maze in the dark.

That is not the case and a big reason why is safety.

At haunted houses you will see plenty of zombies and ghosts as well as fire extinguishers, no smoking posters, and exit signs.

The man in charge of Dr. Scream's Haunted Mansion in Socastee will be the first to tell you this attraction is much safer than the haunted houses he made when he first started.

“I can promise you the ones I did years ago were not at all safe even though I thought they were,” added Bingham. “I now understand why extension cords are not allowed and open flames are not allowed and chainsaws are not allowed."

Anyone who wants to run a haunted house to scare people this Halloween season must make sure it meets safety requirements..

For example, indoor haunted attractions are not allowed to have maze walls that are too high because customers must be able to see the nearest exit at all times.

Myrtle Beach Fire Marshal Bruce Arnel stressed that inspectors are very strict when it comes to making sure every haunted house follows the rules all the time.

“We're going to be there in the set up stage and in the final stage,” added Arnell. “Then we're going to be there while it's operating so that's how important it is to us to ensure that it's done properly."

Both the fire marshal and the owner of Dr. Scream's admit it is not always easy going through the process of finding out what will or won't be allowed in a haunted house. However they both agree everyone has the same goals in mind to make a haunt as fun and as safe for you as possible.?

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