Yes the new Escape room fad is taking off across the country where you get locked into a room with friends and you have to decrypt locks of all types to escape in 60 minutes and win a prize usually a T Shirt. They even have portable escape trailers which they bring to events but just how safe are they ?
Here are some of my concerns and questions when it comes to these escape rooms
1# What if a fire breaks out? is their an emergency evacuation plan in place?
2# What if some one has a medical emergency ? is staff trained in First Aid and CPR do they have a First Aid Kit and AED available ?
3# Can the person operating the complex be made aware you need out ? are they observing you thru a camera or other means to make sure everyone is safe also is there an emergency release and stop button should some one get claustrophobic or other medical issue. ?
4# If its a permanent type attraction in a building are there Sprinkler System and or Smoke Alarms which automatically power down and unlock all devices? What about a Carbon monoxide alert?
5# Are the rooms professionally designed and locks etc certified by a 3rd party agency for safety?
6# Are there emergency procedures in place in case a lock system jams even if they are magnets all hardware can and will fail.?
7 # From what I have seen some places have full fire detection and protection to nothing at all
Some are approved by local inspectors some are not .
Thats why you need to be vigilant when it comes to going to and participating in one of these escape rooms .
If your an AHJ with one of these facilities in your jurisdiction are you even aware of it especially with these trailer units taken to events should you be notified when they are in your community
Yes lots of questions need answered about these rooms because public safety is at risk if its not being done correctly