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Not all haunted houses subject to safety codes

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Haunted houses can be popular October attractions but fire officials say not all of them have to be safe.

Haunted attractions in city limits operate like any other business and must meet minimum safety requirements and fire code, according to Cape Girardeau fire inspector Brian Shaffer.

He said only attractions located in city limits are subject to inspections and required to have safety features like smoke detectors and sprinkles.

Here is a list of permitted haunted houses in Cape Girardeau provided by the Cape Girardeau Fire Department:

Owners of Retribution say they take no chances when it comes to safety.

"We want to go extreme sometimes and we step back and say that's not going to work. It's too scary or not safe,'" co-owner Aaron Andrews said.

Andrews said one walk-through lasts about 30 minutes and utilizes 50 live actors- all of whom, he says, are trained on what to do in an emergency.

“We train them in safety in the materials and the props they're using but also if they is ever an emergency, how to respond.”

He said many of the house's props and building materials uses flame-retardant fabrics.

Retribution has been open for three years and Andrews said the biggest threat each year has been unruly visitors.

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