Black Plastic For Halloween- What's the best choice?
OK, so you need some black plastic to make your haunted house in your garage, or at your school. The first thought might be to run to a big box store and grab the cheapest black plastic they have. That black plastic will create the effect you want and darken the room or space you plan to use for your haunted house. BUT....you really want to get fire retardant/ fire resistant black plastic for a little bit more. Now I know nothing will probably not happen in terms of a fire, BUT if a spark or flame should hit that regular black plastic, in seconds that stuff will go up in flames, and put off so much smoke! Watch this video (click here) and see what happens when a flame is put under regular plastic versus fire retardant plastic.
This is a question that pops up every year as the witching hour approaches, and all the little ghosts and goblins will be running about. The answer is NO. For Halloween Haunts you want to use a Fire Retardant plastic. You see, in most jurisdictions the fire marshals are now making haunted houses use fire retardant products, like drywall, or plastic sheeting (polyethylene) that is Fire Retardant. Many haunted houses have been made to install basic walls in recent years, because their fire marshals insisted they were necessary for meeting the fire safety requirements, and did not know there were far less expensive options available.
Global Plastic Sheeting supplies Black FR Polyethylene that fire marshal's approves for this application. It is used in large amusement parks as well as for school and home owners. This polyethylene has been chemically altered when it was extruded, so it can no longer contribute significantly as a fuel source in the event of a fire. This product provides a very low cost option for making your haunted attractions meet the local codes. Best of all we will provide you with the certifications to prove you are using FR Plastic.
Don't let those precious little "monsters" burn your house down by using plastic sheeting that is not fire retardant!
Most fire marshals are looking for products that pass the NFPA 701-15 Test 1, and/or the CA Fire Marshal Title 19 fire standards. One should always check with fire authorities in their jurisdiction before erecting any haunted attraction.