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Insuring escape room risks. Escape room games are relatively new enterprises in the U.S. and challenge players to ‘escape’ in an hour or less. (Photo: Shutterstock)

If you’ve never been in a place called, “Rush to Escape,” “Prison Break,” or “The Basement,” chances are you haven’t tried to get out of an escape room. These live adventure games usually take place in a room or series of rooms, and test players’ ingenuity and problem-solving abilities.

Escape rooms were first introduced about 15 to 20 years ago in Japan and Hungary, says Daryl Davis, secretary of the Association for Room Escapes of North America (ARENA). They started spreading globally and reached places like Australia before arriving in the U.S. in 2013. Davis estimates that there are currently 2500 brick and mortar locations across the U.S.

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Patricia L. Harman

Patricia L. Harman is the editor-in-chief of Claims magazine, a contributing editor to PropertyCasualty360.com, and chairs the annual America's Claims Event (ACE), which focuses on providing claims professionals with cutting-edge education and networking opportunities. She covers auto, property & casualty, workers' compensation, fraud, risk and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events. Contact her at [email protected]

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