The spookiest time of year is almost upon us as people begin their mission to find the best Halloween costume.
But you must remember to stay safe and ensure you are buying good quality toys, costumes and make-up.
North East Lincolnshire Council Trading Standards officers are warning shoppers to be careful.
Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “We would encourage parents to be vigilant and aware of the potential risks linked with fancy dress costumes and naked flames.
“Keep children away from naked flames such as candles and bonfires, especially if they are wearing flammable items like fake beards, wigs and costumes.
“Make sure you check labelling for warnings, instructions and age suitability before purchasing a product.
“Don’t be tempted to buy cheap Halloween accessories particularly over the internet without the CE mark. As well as the CE mark, the UK is starting to use its own safety mark UKCA, so you may see this instead of the CE mark.”
In October 2014, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman’s daughter suffered serious burns after her witch costume went up in flames after brushing past a candle.
Some basic health and safety tips worth remembering:
- Make sure the costume fits properly to avoid trips and falls
- Always check costumes for the CE mark, instructions, age suitability and safety information
- Keep flames away from the child and costume, or use LED lights
- Ensure any masks or hoods don’t stop the child from seeing or breathing
Some road safety tips:
- 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
- Where appropriate, children should carry electric torches to be easily seen
If you’ve had problems with faulty or dangerous goods, or want advice on consumer protection issues, contact Trading Standards through the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or online at www.adviceguide.org.uk.