Illinois inspectors to make sure Halloween haunts don’t get too scary

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — With Halloween just a month away, the Illinois Department of Labor is working to make sure each haunted attraction across the state doesn’t get too scary.

The department is responsible for business permits.

Entrances and exits are checked to see if they are wide enough; panic hardware on exit doors are checked; and haunts can’t have too many dead-end paths, to ensure visitors have a safe experience.

Department of Labor spokesman Mike Matulis said, “They make sure there aren’t any characters that are going to scare somebody and they could fall down, or fall over. They want to make sure the staff is trained properly, that’s one big thing. They also do a criminal background and sex offender registry background check on any non-volunteers. That’s a part of the safety measure as well.”

Inspectors say that deadly fires at haunted houses in the 1970’s and ’80’s led to the thorough inspections they do today.

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