PHOENIX — The Phoenix Fire Department reminded scare-lovers on Thursday there’s more to be afraid of in Valley haunted houses than ghouls and goblins.
Phoenix Fire Inspector Brian Scholl said attendees should be smart when choosing the haunted attraction of the evening and find one that is permitted and approved for fire faty.
One of those attractions, the 13th Floor near Interstate 17 and Bell Road, has exits clearly marked and arrows indicating the way out.
“They have a full fire alarm system, so that if there’s a fire, it’ll notify everyone to get out of the building,” Scholl said. “It’s got a full sprinkler system that can control the fire and allow everyone enough time to get out. It has emergency lighting. It has proper exiting. It has everything that you need to have a safe time in a haunted house.”
In addition to alarms, sprinklers, and clearly marked exits, Scholl said approved haunted houses also offer other protection.
“If there’s an emergency in an approved haunted house, all of the actors who are playing zombies and goblins now become the rescuers,” said Scholl. “They all have flashlights and can help you get out of the building.”
Scholl encouraged attendees to go to one of the approved haunted houses, so that the only thing to be nervous about are the fun things that jump out at you, but are totally harmless.
Phoenix Fire has approved two other haunted houses:
For a full list of haunted houses and other fall attractions around Phoenix and Arizona, check out KTAR’s Fall Fun Map.