How safe is your child's Halloween costume?

How safe is your child's Halloween costume?

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:13am 23rd October 2019.

If you're getting your child's Halloween costume ready, you might want to check its fire safe.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning us not to let Halloween become scary for all the wrong reasons.

Every year, children and adults are injured in accidents where candles or fireworks have set fire to costumes and hair.

Plastic caps and bin liners, often used as costumes are also a fire risk.

Here's a video on how you can stay safe.

Children's fancy dress costumes are currently classified as toys rather than clothes. That means they're not covered by the same safety regulations, and there is no requirement for them to be fire proofed or fire retardant. 

Prevention Delivery manager Ian Hopkins said:

"We don't want to stop people enjoying Halloween, but we do want them to celebrate safely.

"There is nothing more terrifying than having a fire at home or seeing your clothes catch fire." 

Here are a few more tips for you to follow:

  • Check the labels - those attached to the product should show a CE Mark, which means it complies with EN71-2 and meets the European flammability resistant requirements for toys. 
  • Buy from a reputable retailer- cheap or imported costumes may not meet UK safety standards and, at worst, may carry fake safety labelling. 
  • Layer up- wear clothes under dressing up costumes, to give a layer of protection between the costume and your skin. This can help protect the skin in the event of a fire incident. 
  • Replace candles in pumpkins with battery powered candles - these are cheap, they don't blow out and are much safer. 
  • Teach your child to STOP, DROP and ROLL in the event that their clothing does catch fire. 
  • In an emergency, cool any burns with large amounts of water and get urgent medical assistance. 
  • Make sure candles are extinguished when you go to bed.