Parents are being urged to think of safety with their children this Halloween.
The message comes from Durham County Council’s trading standards team, which is offering advice to parents buying costumes.
To stay safe during Halloween events the council has compiled some SAFE tips:
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.
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 help reduce the risk of injury to family members and friends, the CARE steps can be followed:
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.
The council has more advice on consumer issues and safery matters at www.durham.gov.uk/tradingstandards. The Citizens Advice consumer helpline can be reached on 03454 04 05 06.