After a deadly fire in Poland, how local escape rooms work to keep puzzle solvers safe

Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 8:45 PM CST
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Escape rooms have become a popular activity to do with friends and family all over the world, especially in the U.S. There are more than 2,000 locations across the nation, including Springfield.

But last week five girls in Poland were found dead in an escape room while celebrating a birthday. They were all just 15 years old.

Authorities say it was possibly carbon monoxide poisoning after a gas leak in a heating system sparked a fire.

Despite the horrific tragedy abroad, workers at the Springfield Escape Room says their hands-on rooms are safe even before the fun begins.

Hannah Johnston is a Game Master at the Springfield Escape Room on Campbell Ave.

Johnston says despite the door being locked from the inside and outside of the room there are safety procedures in place to make sure everyone is safe.

Johnston says, "This is going to be the door exit button pretty much if they feel any type of phobia or need to leave for any type of medical reason as you can see without pushing it the door does not open, but instantly when you push it, unlocks the door and anybody can leave."

Johnston also says, "Our exit doors are actually used with magnets so even if the electric was to go out for any reason it wouldn't tamper with it, it would just completely unlock the door and anybody can just leave."

There are surveillance cameras throughout the room that workers are watching throughout the game.

Hannah says they watch the cameras to make sure an individual is not hurting themselves, others, or destroying the room.

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