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Don’t let Halloween become a nightmare

Keep costume safety in mind this Halloween with the help of some advice from trading standards.

Following a number of incidents involving children’s costumes being set alight by accident, parents are reminded to think safety first. To prevent the day becoming a nightmare, it’s important to always pick a costume that meets health and safety standards. 

To help here’s some advice to bear in mind:

  • Look for an EN71 label – This is a Europe-wide standard, which tests for a number of things including flammability.
  • Check for a ‘CE’ mark – this shows a costume complies with essential safety requirements. This can be easy to fake, so check that the middle line on the letter ‘E’ is shorter than the other two.
  • Pick a costume that displays a manufacturer's name and contact details.
  • Check the outfit has a registered business trademark.
  •  Look for accompanying  fire warnings and safety information.
  • Ditch the candles – use battery operated candles that can be switched off. 
  • Layer up - put another layer of clothing underneath their costume. That way, there is a layer between the costume and their skin.

Other safety tips to consider this Halloween when out trick-or-treating:-

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colours.
  • Let kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should have adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and go out in groups.