Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
Intertek and RoSPA reveal the tricks to keep Halloween a treat instead of a tragedy
Halloween is an increasingly popular date in the calendar when children (and adults) enjoy dressing up in ghoulish costumes and visiting friends and family, hopefully sharing treats rather than tricks. Fake blood and bandages are everywhere!
But quality solutions provider Intertek has teamed up with RoSPA to warn that those bloody bandages could be real if people aren’t aware of the dangers of ill-fitting costumes, untested masks, unattended pumpkin candles and market stall accessories when anywhere near naked flames.
Accident statistics from last year show that 138 people in England were admitted to hospital as a result of their clothing either igniting or melting*. Also last year, accidental candle fires in homes resulted in 401 injuries and 6 deaths across Great Britain**.
All children’s Halloween costumes, masks and wigs must carry a CE mark, which means they comply with the European Toy Safety Directive*** and should they catch alight, the rate of burning is slow. Of course, it is parents too, not just children who enjoy Halloween. Although it is not mandatory for adults’ costumes to comply with the Toy Safety Directive, many products will apply the same CE mark.
Rob van Dorp, chief executive UK & Eire for Intertek, who test, inspect and certify millions of products every year, said: “Halloween trick and treating gets more popular year by year. At Intertek we want people to know that there are standards in place to protect the quality and safety of clothing – people need to check and make sure the products they buy comply.”
Sheila Merrill, public health adviser at RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), said: “We want those marking Halloween to have a good time, and taking a few minutes to think about safety in advance, particularly about how to keep candles and costumes safe, could save an unexpected and unwanted trip to A&E.”
To make sure your Halloween is worry-free, Intertek and RoSPA advise:
1. Buy your costumes from a reputable retailer: well-fitted costumes with a CE mark will drastically reduce chances of severe burns or slips and trips.
2. Be aware that Halloween costumes are usually dark. Attaching a reflective strip will allow a costume to be seen by drivers in the dark.
3. Each child and adult should have their own light source. A flashlight or glow stick will help deter trips and falls over uneven surfaces, curbs and pavements.
4. Don’t get too close to sources of ignition, including cigarettes!
5. Don’t let young children carry pumpkins with lit candles. Be aware of molten, liquid wax in candles. Tealights especially do not have large wax reservoirs and their metal casing can become very hot.
6.Remember to extinguish all candles if they are to be left unattended.
7. Follow the Firework Code.
8. Remove any Halloween make-up or fake blood immediately if itching occurs. It could be the first indication of an allergic reaction to something within the cosmetic.
9. Remind children of how to cross roads safely before leaving home.
10. Accompany your children when they go trick or treating.
Latest News from
Wired-GOV Newswire (news from other organisations)
CBI Northern Ireland responds to the Budget04/03/2021 15:33:00
CBI Northern Ireland yesterday responded to the Budget.
At least 1 in 7 children and young people has lived under stay-at-home policies for most of the last year, putting mental health and well-being at risk – UNICEF04/03/2021 14:40:00
At least 1 in 7 children – or 332 million globally – has lived under required or recommended nationwide stay-at-home policies for at least nine months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting their mental health and well-being at risk, UNICEF warned today.
LGA responds to new weight management services funding04/03/2021 14:40:00
Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responded to a government announcement of £100 million extra funding for healthy weight programmes, including £35 million allocated to councils
NHS Confederation - Budget leaves funding for health and social care desperately wanting04/03/2021 13:40:00
Danny Mortimer chief executive of the NHS Confederation, responded to the Budget
Budget: Chancellor is ‘gambling with the recovery’04/03/2021 13:33:00
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady yesterday commented on the budget statement from chancellor Rishi Sunak.
LGA - Councils respond to Budget 202104/03/2021 12:40:00
Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, responded to the Budget
Furlough extension will provide a lifeline for businesses, but greater skills support needed to boost recovery, says the CIPD04/03/2021 11:40:00
The CIPD responds to the Chancellor's 2021 Budget
COVID-19: Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost a full year, says UNICEF04/03/2021 10:40:00
Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost an entire year due to COVID-19 lockdowns, according to new data released yesterday by UNICEF. Furthermore, around 214 million children globally – or 1 in 7 – have missed more than three-quarters of their in-person learning.