Stay Safe This Halloween: Tips from RoSPA to Avoid Hazardous Costumes
As Halloween approaches, the excitement rises. But it’s essential to remember safety amidst the fun. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has a critical message for everyone: Halloween is best enjoyed when safety is a priority. This sentiment becomes all the more vital in light of recent recalls on several Halloween costumes due to serious chemical and fire risks, as highlighted by consumer champions, Which?.
Key Tips for Halloween Costume Safety:
Check for Safety Marks:
- If you’re in England, Scotland, or Wales, ensure your Halloween costumes or toys have the UKCA or CE marks.
- For those in Northern Ireland, the UKNI symbol should be present alongside the UKCA or CE mark.
- Every part of the costume, be it wigs or face masks, should comply with EN71 part 2 for flame retardancy. Products from members of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) might even exceed these standards, indicated by a label stating, ‘This garment has undergone additional safety testing for flammability.’
- Exercise Caution with Unknown Brands:
Purchasing from unfamiliar brands, especially those found solely online, can be risky. They might not adhere to rigorous safety standards, posing potential threats from fires or hazardous chemicals. Always opt for reputable brands.
- Keep a Safe Distance from Flames:
Regardless of the clothing type, always keep them away from open flames, including candles. RoSPA suggests using battery-operated candles for Halloween celebrations as a safer alternative.
- Visibility is Crucial:
Given the typically dark hues of Halloween costumes, they can make children less visible during festivities. Equip them with a torch and reflective accessories to ensure their visibility to vehicles. Always have an adult accompany children for added safety.
Phil Le Shirley, Public Safety Advisor at RoSPA, reminds everyone that while Halloween is a thrilling time, safety should never be compromised. He advises, “Always check for safety marks on costumes and toys, ensure children carry torches and reflective items when out, and always be cautious around open flames.”
RoSPA stands as a beacon for health and safety. With a vision to eliminate accidental injuries, they lobby for significant safety issues, champion the global health and safety awards, and offer RoSPA qualifications ensuring workplace safety.