As the excitement for children heightens as Halloween approaches every year, these are a few safety tips which the Trading Standards service have developed to protect our children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Flame Resistant Costumes
Always check costumes for a CE mark, instructions and safety information. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, be extra cautious and vigilant with costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
Purchase costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
- For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes where appropriate with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car’s headlights;
- To be easily seen and where appropriate children should carry electric torches,
- Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling,
- Children should wear well-fitting sturdy shoes. Adult high heeled shoes are not a good idea for safe walking,
- Hats and scarves should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children’s eyes,
- If a mask is worn make sure it fits securely and has eye-holes large enough to allow the child full vision,
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft and flexible material
Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older responsible child. All children should be encouraged to walk, not run from house to house and use the pavement if available, rather than walk in the road.
As part of a national safety campaign the Trading Standards service has developed a safety poster which aims to highlight certain potential dangers at Halloween. This poster will be distributed around various locations in the town.