Important advice to keep your children safe this Halloween

Halloween pumpkins, autumn leaves and smoke in the air. Picture: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz

Halloween pumpkins, autumn leaves and smoke in the air. Picture: Katarzyna Bialasiewicz - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Stay safe this Halloween!

That is the message from Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service as they urge parents and families to be aware of the potential dangers of spooky accessories, toys and fancy dress costumes.

In recent years, Suffolk Trading Standards has seized dangerous items such as novelty torches that burn hands, flammable spider webs and face paints containing heavy metals such as lead which can poison and damage the skin.

Nousha Meek, Suffolk Trading Standards officer, said: 'If there is one thing to look out for when buying fancy dress costumes and accessories, it is to make sure they carry the CE European Safety Mark. Such items should be available from reputable retailers.

'It is also important that young children should not be given products that are intended for adult use, particularly make up.'

At a time of year when children are likely to be near bonfires, candles and sparklers, parents and guardians are advised to be particularly vigilant.

Station Commander Paul Goodman, from Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: 'We urge people to be aware of all sources of fire in the home and at events, so that there is no danger of costumes catching light.

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'It is important to understand that even although costumes carry the relevant safety marks, they can still catch fire. However, the safety mark should ensure that the item will burn slower, allowing time for it to be removed and minimising the risk of burns.'

If you have concerns about the safety of any product you have bought, report it to the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.