Stay safe over Halloween
AS CHILDREN and adults alike enjoy Halloween, parents are reminded to follow a few simple steps to keep children safe from danger.
Gloucestershire County Council’s trading standards service are advising residents to follow these simple steps:
• Only allow children access to toy axes, swords or other costume accessories under strict supervision.
• Do not give children products which are intended for adult use.
• Check the CE European Safety Mark when buying Halloween costumes and associated items and don’t buy items which don’t carry the mark.
• Use established shops to ensure products come from reputable suppliers.
• Be aware of the dangers of wearing flowing items such as fake beards and capes near naked flames such as candles.
• Make sure any costumes and masks are fire retardant.
• Be aware plastic capes and bin liners which are often used for costumes can pose a fire risk.
GCC trading standards head Eddie Coventry said he hoped children would enjoy themselves, but stay safe during Halloween.
“As children celebrate Halloween a range of colourful costumes and decorations make their appearance,” he said.
“We want to remind parents to buy from reputable shops and to be aware of the risks consumers face.”
Meanwhile, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to be careful when lighting pumpkin lanterns or candles.
GFRS chief fire officer Jon Hall said candle holders should be used to keep flames at a safe distance, and it is often safer to use a snuffer or a spoon to put out candles.
“Understandably, there is a lot of excitement at this time of year and we don’t want to stop children having fun, but we would ask that parents take extra care to make sure Halloween is a happy time and not a nightmare,” he said.