Ghosts and ghouls safety tested for Halloween

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WARWICKSHIRE County Council’s Trading Standards Service is testing Halloween products for safety and urging Warwickshire consumers to contact them with any safety concerns.

Officers are in the process of testing wigs, hats, cloaks and other Halloween costumes to ensure they are not flammable and do not pose a fire risk. Any potentially dangerous items will be withdrawn from sale.

Costumes should have a degree of fire resistance so if they caught light, for example on a candle at a Halloween party, they would burn slowly, allowing the wearer to remove the item before an injury was caused.

Trading Standards Officers will also be looking out for Halloween toys with sharp edges and finger traps.

Businesses and importers are responsible for safety testing their goods before they go on sale, but unfortunately there are occasions when items slip through the net and appear in shops and on markets.

Many Trading Standards Services across the UK carry out similar tests each year and together their work helps ensure that potentially dangerous products, often imported specifically for Halloween, are removed from sale.

For further information on Halloween safety, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consumersafety

Officers are hoping parents can also help ensure their children’s safety by following this safety advice: only allow children access to toy axes, swords and other costume accessories under strict supervision, and do not give children products that are marked for adult use only.

look for the CE European Safety Mark when purchasing toys and associated items and avoid purchasing items which do not carry the mark.

use only fire retardant costumes and masks – don’t dress your children in plastic bin bags.

if using fireworks, follow the Firework Code.

Parents can report a dangerous toy or other product by telephoning Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 or visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/consumersafety