AUBURN, Mass. – October kicks-off the busy holiday season from Halloween through New Year’s Day, which the town of Auburn says presents risks for those constructing haunted houses or adding decorations to homes, offices and work places.
As a result, the Auburn Department of Inspectional Services and Division of the Building Department want to make sure that families and friends remain safe this holiday season by following these safety tips:
- Do not use flammable paints or paper as decorations.
- Avoid flammable materials indoors such as hay bales and “silly string.”
- Ensure that hanging materials (such as artificial spider webs, curtains and holiday trees) are a safe distance from heating and lighting elements.
- Do not use candles or other open flames.
- Do not use bare plug-in light bulbs; use flashlights or battery operated lighting instead.
- Ensure adequate ventilation.
In addition, there are specific requirements for constructing haunted houses, fun houses and other buildings that may be associated with the holidays. These structures are classified as “special amusement buildings.” To determine if your proposed holiday construction will require a permit or if it can be made safer with an inspection, call the Office of the Building Inspector at 508-832-7719.
Also, if you’re planning to add decorations to your work place or home but aren’t sure if the decorations are compatible with building, fire and public safety, contact the Office of the Building Inspector and/or the Auburn Fire Department at 508-832-7800.