New Fire Codes Announced For 2019 Escape Game Owners


Hear from the National Association of State Fire Marshals as they debut new fire codes for
 Escape Games at HAuNTcon 2019


November 29, 2018, Trumbull, CT – HAuNTcon, The Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow & Convention announced today that they have worked closely with the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) to provide a forum for the group to introduce new fire codes that will be made mandatory for Escape Games in all 50 States beginning in January 2019. The tradeshow for haunted attractions, escape games, theme parks and haunted entertainment, taking place January 25-27 in New Orleans, is the first show of the year and the launching pad for new products and new concepts for the coming season. Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, a member of the NASFM, will be presenting two keynote sessions during the event to explain the new codes – one geared toward escape game owners and managers and the other for manufacturers and exhibitors who make props and products for escape rooms.

“Our primary goal is always to arm haunted attraction and escape room owners and operators with the tools they need to run a successful business, and we are happy to work with the National Association of State Fire Marshals so that they can meet directly with haunters and exhibitors to explain the new codes that will be in place for escape games in 2019,” commented Liz Irving, senior vice president of marketing for HAuNTcon. “In addition to the education sessions presented by NASFM, we will have an expanded selection of escape room products on the vendor floor as well as additional presentations dedicated to escape games as part of HAuNTcon’s 70+ hours of education this year, making the show a comprehensive resource for escape game operators.”

The membership of National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) comprises the most senior fire officials in the United States. State Fire Marshals' are primarily responsible for fire safety code adoption and enforcement, fire and arson investigation, fire incident data reporting and analysis, public education and advising Governors and State Legislatures on fire protection.

On Thursday, January 24 Fire Marshal Browning will be presenting an exclusive session for HAuNTcon exhibitors that will explain the new codes that apply to props, décor and products that are being made for escape games. This session will be complimentary to all HAuNTcon exhibitors who will be able to  address the presenters, ask questions and gain clarity around the new regulations to ensure their products meet the new code standards.  

On Saturday, July 26, a second keynote session will be focused towards haunters and escape game owners and managers and will cover the new codes that come into effect in January for escape games. With escape rooms becoming more popular, regulations have needed to be adapted for this new market. Fire Marshal Browning will explain the new codes and the importance around them for guest safety including what Escape Game owners will need in order to pass their fire inspection.  Haunters and escape owners and managers can attend this complimentary session with their HAuNTcon badge.

Philip Oakes of the National Association of State Fire Marshals commented, “We have the same goals as owners and operators of escape rooms and that is to make the attractions safe and enjoyable for visitors so they want to return. We know that new regulations are sometimes met with questions, and are excited for the opportunity to come to HAuNTcon. With the show being in January, we felt it was the perfect timing to be able to talk with owners directly about these regulations.”

HAuNTcon 2019 will again be co-located with the Halloween & Party Expo creating North America’s largest event dedicated to all things Halloween, Haunt, Party and Celebration. This year’s show will be double in size and feature 100+ exhibitors, education sessions on business, marketing, design, staff training, makeup and more as well as behind the scenes tours of haunts, roundtable discussions and networking.

Registration is now available at Full Weekend Passes include access to HAuNTcon education sessions, the HAuNTcon and Halloween & Party Expo exhibit halls, the Brewing, Boos and Booze costume ball, and show floor events including runway shows, roundtable education and more.


The principal membership of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) comprises the senior fire officials in the United States and their top deputies. The primary mission of NASFM is to protect human life, property and the environment from fire and related hazards. A secondary mission of NASFM is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of State Fire Marshals’ operations. In addition to its principal membership, NASFM has several categories of membership to allow companies, associations, academic and research institutions, and individuals who support NASFM’s mission to contribute in meaningful ways. Learn more about NASFM and its issues at


HAuNTcon, the leading event for haunted attractions, haunt owners and operators, agritainment owners, theme parks and home haunters, is a trade-only event that brings industry professionals together each year. Owned by Clarion UX, the event provides a platform for sourcing, learning, and networking. The next event takes place in New Orleans, January 25-27, 2019 and is co-located with the Halloween & Party Expo, creating North America's largest event devoted to Halloween, Haunt & Celebration. For more information, visit