A new campaign is highlighting the need to keep kids scary, but safe in their Halloween costumes.
Mid Ulster District Council is supporting a national drive to raise awareness of the safety issues around dressing up, a topic which received widespread attention last year when the daughter of Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman suffered serious burns in a trick-or-treating accident last year.
As well as participating in an exercise to ensure costumes sold locally meet flammability requirements, the Council is offering the following advice:
- 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.
For more information and advice, contact the Council’s Environmental Health Service on 03000 132 132, E: [email protected]