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Are Escape Rooms Dangerous?

If you’ve been planning on visiting an escape room, you may have some preconceptions. After all, the name sounds quite daunting. The concept of locked doors and a dramatic atmosphere might leave you with a few safety concerns, like are you really ‘locked in’? Is there an exit door? And what happens in the event of a fire?

In this article, we will look at the big question, are escape rooms safe? Are they scary? And so much more. By the end of this blog, you’ll know exactly what to expect in an escape room and the importance of escape room safety standards.


Are Escape Rooms Safe?

Yes! While we cannot comment on other escape room operators and their practices, here at Escape Live, we make sure that a game master always monitors you and that the rules and expectations are clearly explained before entering a room. Furthermore, we design the rooms to be safe yet fun, they may feel dangerous, but that is all part of the theme and design.

Most escape rooms won’t have you performing any climbing or lifting, and you always have an emergency exit if you feel uncomfortable. Just radio the game master, and they will let you exit the room. So don’t worry about the scary props; the environment is safe and friendly underneath the thematic elements.


Common Concerns About Escape Room Safety

Let’s take a look at some of the frequent concerns some people have before taking on their first escape room:



All of our escape room games and buildings follow safety standards with fire extinguishers, emergency exits, and emergency lighting, our team is trained for dealing with emergencies as well. First-time players can be briefed on what to expect in the waiting room for an escape room.


Panic Attacks

We understand that the immersive, high-pressure nature of escape rooms can sometimes induce panic attacks in participants, especially those who suffer from anxiety. To mitigate this risk, we ensure all players are supervised by a trained game master. This allows players to immediately exit the game if they start to feel overwhelmed, simply alert your game masters, and they’ll open the door.


Physical Injuries

An escape room facility is meant to challenge your mind, not your physical strength. We have designed our rooms to minimise the risk of physical injuries and provide clear instructions to help avoid confusion that could lead to accidents.



The thought of being locked in a room can trigger claustrophobia in some people, but we want to reassure you that you’re not actually ‘locked in’; the doors are designed to open from the inside at all times, and participants can leave the game at any time for any reason.


COVID Measures

Covid left many people wanting to prioritise sanitary and clean environments, us included. We sanitise all rooms and props between games, provide hand sanitiser to all players, and limit the number of players in a room at a given time. Masks are not required, but please feel free to wear one if that makes you more comfortable.


Are Escape Rooms Scary?

This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on the person. Some people may find them scary, while others may find them exhilarating. It just depends on the individual and their personal preferences.

Escape room providers, such as ourselves, will do our best to answer any queries or concerns you may have. This will ensure you have an enjoyable, relaxing experience with your friends and family!

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What to expect from an Escape Room?

You and your team are locked in a room and have to use your wit and teamwork to solve puzzles and escape within the hour. It’s a great way to test your problem-solving skills and have fun with friends or family. Here’s what you can expect from an escape room:

1. A Challenging Puzzle

Escape rooms are designed to be challenging. You and your team will have to put your heads together to solve a variety of puzzles. These can range from riddles and brain teasers to more physical challenges like finding hidden objects.


2. A Time Limit

You only have one hour to escape the room, so you’ll have to work quickly and efficiently. This adds to the excitement and makes it more challenging.


3. A Fun Experience

Escape rooms are a great way to have fun with friends or family. They’re also perfect for team-building exercises. Even if you don’t escape the room, you’re sure to have a good time.

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What Should I Wear to an Escape Room?

There is no dress code for escape rooms, but we recommend comfortable clothing that you can move around in easily. You may be crawling on the floor or climbing on furniture, so keep that in mind when choosing your outfit.

Escape Room Security Measures

As part of our commitment to safety, we have a variety of security measures to protect our guests, ensure the game is operated properly and create a fun environment for everyone.


Video Surveillance

We have installed CCTV cameras in each escape room which are constantly monitored by our game masters. Not only do these cameras allow us to respond to concerns immediately, but they allow us to assist teams who may be struggling with a particular puzzle.


Communication Systems

Every escape room is equipped with two-way audio systems. These allow players to contact our staff at any point during the game should they require assistance or in the case of an emergency.

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How to Prepare for an Escape Room?

If you want to give yourself the best chance of escaping the room, there are a few things you can do to prepare.

1. Choose the Right Team

Escape rooms are designed to be solved by a team, so choose your teammates wisely. Make sure their people you can trust and who you think will work well together. You should also try to pick a diverse group of people with different skill sets.


2. Arrive on Time

Make sure you arrive on time for your escape room reservation. You don’t want to start the game already feeling rushed.


3. Use Your Resources

There will be a variety of resources available to you in the escape room, so make sure you use them all. This includes things like furniture, props, and clues.


4. Stay calm and have fun

The most important thing is to stay calm and have fun. Escape rooms are meant to be challenging but shouldn’t be stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember that it’s just a game.


We hope that this blog has given you some insight into the safety measures and protocols we follow here at Escape Live. For more information or to book an experience, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team today!

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Escape Room Safety FAQs:

We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about escape rooms safety below:


What are risks with escape rooms?

As a general rule, escape rooms are incredibly safe. You’re not actually ‘locked’ in a room; you’re free to leave at any time and leave the small space whenever you please. The only risks consist of anxiety around the small space. However, there will always be a main door to walk out of.


Can you get injured in an escape room?

As with anything, there is always a possibility of injury in certain situations, including escape rooms. While escape rooms are designed to be safe and entertaining experiences, accidents can happen if proper precautions are not taken or if participants engage in reckless behaviour. However, it’s important to note that the vast majority of escape rooms are designed with safety in mind and regulated to ensure participants’ well-being.


Are escape rooms supposed to be scary?

Escape rooms can vary in themes and atmosphere, and while some are designed to create a thrilling or suspenseful experience, not all of them are meant to be scary. The level of scariness in an escape room depends on the specific theme and the players’ preferences.


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