Parents are being urged to think SAFE to ensure children enjoy a spooktacular Halloween.
As the annual evening of ghosts and ghouls approaches Durham County Council’s trading standards team is offering advice for buying costumes.
Environment and health protection manager Michael Yeadon said:
“We want families to have a fun and safe time trick or treating, or attending parties.
“Taking a little thought and time to avoid preventable injuries, which could have life changing effects, is in everyone’s interest.
“So please consider safety when buying costumes for you or your children – shop at reputable retailers, buy items that fit properly and that you can easily see and breathe in, follow the labelling advice, and keep outfits away from naked flames.”
To stay SAFE this Halloween:
See that the costume fits properly to avoid trips and falls.
Always check costumes for a CE mark, instructions and safety information.
Flames should be kept away from the child and costume, or use LED lights.
Ensure any masks or hoods don’t stop the child from seeing, or breathing.
You can also take other simple steps to reduce your family’s risk of injury and show you CARE:
Children should always be supervised by a suitable adult.
Always wear suitable footwear.
Reflective clothing such as a reflective strip, or carrying a torch, will help children be seen in the dark.
Ensure scarves or ties do not present a risk, particularly to younger children, of being snagged or becoming a choking hazard.
For more advice on consumer issues or safety concerns visit here or call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.