As Halloween approaches, we would like to remind parents to protect their children from flammable fancy dress costumes.
The design of costumes, often made with flowing robes or capes, means they can easily catch fire from a candle or flame and very quickly engulf a child in flames. The popularity of Halloween fancy-dress for children has grown enormously in recent years so cutting the risk of flames catching a costume in the first place is also an important safety measure.
We would urge people not to use naked flames while their children are dressing up for Halloween or bonfire night. This would include lighting candles in the home and use of candles and tea lights in pumpkins. LED candles, displaying the correct kite mark, are a safe alternative; they can look very realistic and are an inexpensive option.
Tests have shown that those wearing costumes can be engulfed in flames in as little as nine seconds
CDDFRS has issued the following advice:
Check the labels on any fancy-dress outfits you buy and see what fire resistance they offer
If in doubt check with the customer services department or the store manager
Do not let your child go near any ignition sources – sparklers can burn at up to 2,000 degrees Celsius
Replace candles in pumpkins with battery powered candles – these are cheap, they do not blow out and they 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.