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Keep Kids Dressing Up Scary But Safe!

16 October 2015

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: environmentalhealth@midulstercouncil.org

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