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18th October 2021 - Halloween Costumes Safety Message

Halloween Costumes Safety Message

Dressing up in garish, ghostly or gory costumes is a key part of many Halloween events. While this can be great fun, it should be remembered that Halloween costumes can be more flammable than normal clothing. This is particularly a problem if your celebrations involve candles or an open fire.

To avoid causing a scare for the wrong reasons with your costume, RoSPA recommends the following:

  • Buy all costumes from reputable retailers, and check that any you buy carry a CE mark on the label
  • As with all clothing, Halloween and fancy dress outfits should always be kept away from fire, lit candles and all other naked flames
  • Use flameless candles where possible. If lit candles are part of your celebrations always follow their safety guidelines, and remember:
    1. Always supervise children and pets if using lit candles
    2. Do not allow children to carry, play, reach over, light or be near lit candles
    3. Never leave a burning candle unattended
    4. Remember always to extinguish a candle completely after use
    5. Take care when using candles at Halloween. Do not carry pumpkins with lit candles inside, consider using battery-operated candles instead
  • Children should always be supervised by a suitable adult
  • Be aware that homemade fancy dress costumes or those not tested to the same flammability standards may ignite easily and burn quicker.

For more information visit: https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/product/halloween-costumes

Bracknell Forest
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