Norfolk fire chief’s warning over Halloween costumes
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
Norfolk's chief fire officer has urged people wearing fancy dress this Halloween to take extra care - after the high profile case when TV presenter Claudia Winkleman's daughter suffered serious burns when her costume caught alight.
Roy Harold, chief fire officer for Norfolk Fire and Rescue service, said: 'People do not realise just how quickly a child's costume will catch fire and the fire spread.
'The design of costumes, with flowing robes, capes or petticoats means they could easily catch fire from a candle or flame and swiftly engulf a child in flames.
'We would urge caution during the Halloween period, particularly where children are getting dressed up. They should keep a safe distance from any naked flames or people might like to consider using LED lights inside pumpkins as an alternative.'
He urged people to check costumes for a CE mark, instructions and safety information.