Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching and before the ghosts and goblins take to the streets in search of candy treats, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is providing these safety tips to prevent injuries related to burns from flammable costumes. Candle flames and flammable costumes can be a dangerous combination. Costumes made of natural fibers such as cotton are extremely flammable and it can be very dangerous if they come in contact with an open flame. It is important to use inherently flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon and polyester when making kid’s costumes. Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. When shopping for costumes and accessories such as beards, wigs and masks, look for the label flame resistant and flame retardent. By following these simple safety tips, you can ensure that this year’s holiday is a safe one. You can find out more about Halloween safety, including Halloween-related product recalls, at www.cpsc.gov.

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