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Halloween Costume Safety

As Halloween quickly approaches, your children are undoubtedly excited about picking out their costumes for school parties and trick or treating. However, choosing the right costume involves more than just the best cute or scary idea. You should always consider safety.

In recent years, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 16 children have been injured and one has been killed because their costumes caught fire. Although the government has strict standards for flame resistant children's clothing, children's costumes are not considered clothing and are not held to those standards.

When you shop for Halloween costumes, make sure to look for flame resistant labels. You can also help prevent costume fires by using LED lights in your pumpkins instead of a candle.

In addition to fire concerns, you should also keep these tips in mind to keep your children safe:

  • Choose brightly colored costumes for high visibility and trim your child's costume with reflective tape.
  • Make sure that eyes holes are large enough to allow your child full visibility.
  • Check that nose holes allow plenty of room for breathing.
  • Choose makeup or face paint as an alternative to masks or other face coverings to allow for full visibility and breathing.
  • Ensure that costumes are correctly sized to prevent tripping and falling.
  • Look for costumes made from polyester and nylon fabrics that are labeled as flame resistant.
  • Be sure to check for recent recalls too so that your child is not wearing or using a product that has already been deemed dangerous.

If your child has been injured in an accident or because of a defective product, please call the experienced accident attorneys at The Gilbert Law Group at (303) 431-1111 today for your consultation. We represent clients nationwide.

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