Agencies including Trading Standards, RoSPA and the Chief Fire Officers Association are spreading the season message: ‘Don’t give yourself too much of a fright this Halloween night’.
They’ve joined forces with a poster campaign highlighting the dangers and reminding parents of the precautions they need to take.
The SAFE checklist offers a handy guide to the potential hazards and how to avoid them:
See that the costume fits properly to avoid trips and falls
Always check costumes for a CE mark, instructions and safety info
Flames should be kept away from child and costume or use LED lights
Ensure any masks or hoods don’t stop the child from seeing/breathing
Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Social Care, said: “Halloween’s a great family occasion, but some costumes and flammable materials can pose a real risk of injury or worse.
“We want everybody to be able to have fun, but at the same time be aware of the risks around fire and the simple precautions they can take to stay safe.
“The Scary but Safe campaign should help to ensure some great and spooky entertainment, with potential hazards kept firmly at bay.”