Norfolk fire chief’s warning over Halloween costumes

Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold.

Chief Fire Officer Roy Harold. - 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.

Claudia Winkleman. Pic: Ian West/PA Wire

Claudia Winkleman. Pic: Ian West/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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.

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