Making Haunted Houses Safe

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Halloween is big business for some this time of year and for others it's a year-round venture. Haunted house builder Kip Polley has been running his shop in Soulard for more than 8 years. The 29-year-old business owner has 6 full-time employees and clients across the globe. He says Halloween is a billion dollar a year industry.

"We film video content with live actors then we integrate it into a physical display.. so the video content appears to be in the real world," said Polley.

Polley says he works in an industry that has alot of resposibility when it comes to safety. He makes his products with fire resistant materials and other elements to keep them safe for visitors.

"We go through and fire retard everything the walls the fabrics the props everything is coated. We use a lot of low voltage lighting that`s less dangerous. I always like to have at least 3 safety features in place to prevent catastrophic failure," said Polley.

St. Charles County fire inspectors say if you want to find out if a haunted house has an approved permit you can call your local fire department. Haunted houses held at residential homes are not inspected or approved. Kip will keep the screams coming and drills moving to make Halloween an unforgettable experience.

"We want to make you feel unsafe safe in a very safe environment," he said.

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