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Black Plastic For Halloween- What's the best choice?

Posted by Nana Hinsley on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 @ 02:27

Are all black plastic sheeting products pretty much the same? 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. 

Black FR Plastic For Halloween 

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.

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 701-04 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.


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Haunted House NFPA Code

Posted by Nana Hinsley on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 @ 03:08

Question:  Which NFPA code covers structures such as haunted houses?

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Answer:  NFPA 101 defines haunted houses as, "a building that is temporary, permanent, or mobile that contains a device or system that conveys passengers or provides a walkway along, around or over a course in any direction as a form of amusement arranged so that the egress path is not readily apparent due to visual or audio distractions or intentionally confounded egress path, or is not readily available due to mode of conveyance through the building or structure.  Such structures include amusement such as haunted house, a roller coaster type ride within a building, a multilevel play structure within a building, a submarine ride, and similar amusements where the occupants are not in the open air."

If you visit the NFPA site you, look for section NFPA 101 12.11 (Assembly Occupancies) and section 13.4.7 (Special Amusement Buildings), you will find requirements for Haunted Houses.  The local fire authority has jurisdiction over enforcing all applicable fire and life safety regulations.  We have heard from haunted house customer after customer who has had their haunted house shut down on the spot for not having fire retardant plastic sheeting. Non-fire retardant plastic goes up in flames in a flash. This is why fire marshal's insist upon Fire retardant plastic- whether it is black or white.

Contact Chanel at 866-597-9298 if you would like to know more. You have quite a few options when it comes to obtaining fire retardant products.


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