With Halloween just around the corner, Gloucestershire residents planning to dress up are being urged to ‘dress safe’ and consider the potential fire risks posed by wearing spooky costumes.
October 31st is soon approaching and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is reminding people on how to stay safe this Halloween.
Many people are not aware that some fancy dress costumes are in fact classified as toys and not as clothes when it comes to fire safety.
Not all dress-up clothing will have undergone rigorous safety checks, meaning that children can be placed at more risk, especially around open flames.
When buying your costumes look for the following wording on their label: ‘This garment has undergone additional safety testing for flammability.’
Here you can see Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service testing two costumes, as well as offering some top tips on how to stay safe this Halloween:
If you are preparing for the festivities this weekend, here are seven spooky suggestions to keep you from being tricked this Halloween:
- Use a battery-operated candle or glow-stick in your jack-o-lantern. When using a candle, use extreme caution! Place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps or walkways. Make sure to watch children at all times when near lit candles.
- Lots of spooky costumes include long flowing fake hair or plastic capes that blow in the wind. Though these items look great, they can be hazardous so stay away from naked flames.
- When buying costumes for children or young people, try to check the label and be sure to buy fire retardant outfits.
- Scary costume masks for children or young people can often be too big; be sure that children can see clearly out of masks. Consider widening the holes in masks so that they can see more easily.
- Decorating the house and garden with candles and lanterns is part of the Halloween fun, but try and keep small children and pets away from any open flames.
- Before the celebrations begin, have some fun with children by teaching them how to stop, drop and roll. Help them be prepared for anything catching on fire.
- Transforming the home into a house of horrors isn’t an easy task. Make sure that all exits are clear of decorations. Don’t forget to check that all smoke alarms in the home are working.
Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “There is always a lot of excitement around Halloween. We don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves, but we would ask that everyone takes extra care to make sure Halloween is safe, as well as fun.”
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “If you’re out trick-or-treating this weekend make sure to followGloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service safety suggestions. I would like everyone to enjoy Halloween as safely as possible.
“I’d urge people to be careful of how they dress on Halloween – some costumes bought in shops can be flammable so labels should be checked to see how fire resistant the costumes are.”
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