Last January, I wrote about an escape room fire in Poland, where 5 teenagers were killed when they could not reach the exit. In the current issue of NFPA Journal, Kristin Bigda’s In Compliance article reports on some of the proposed changes to the 2021 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, to specifically address the safety of escape rooms. In the same issue, there is an in-depth article called Safe Escape by Angelo Verzoni. You can even listen to the articles read aloud!
In addition, there is a video from the NFPA Journal series called Learn Something New, which briefly discusses special amusement buildings – including escape rooms. With more than 2,300 escape rooms in the US, this type of entertainment is growing in popularity. The proposed code modifications are a great example of why the model codes and standards are revised on a 3-year cycle, to keep up with the changing needs of building safety.
Here are links to the articles:
- In Compliance – NFPA 101: Protecting escape rooms and other special amusement buildings – Kristin Bigda
- Safe Escape – Angelo Verzoni
and the Learn Something New video: