Lincolnshire Trading Standards are urging people to put out their candles and use battery operated LEDs instead of naked flames.
Thousands of children and adults across the county will be dressing up for Halloween and most will purchase outfits which adhere to European safety regulations.
Scarily, each year, thousands of Halloween outfits are sold which do not comply to those standards and therefore Trading Standards are focusing on educating consumers to avoid the use of naked flames in the vicinity of children wearing fancy dress.
Lincolnshire Trading Standards senior officer Alexandra Connell said:
Lincolnshire Trading Standards’ top tips:
- Check there is a name and address of the manufacturer on the costume packaging.
- Make sure there is a ‘CE’ mark on the label. This means the costumes comply with the Toy Safety Regulations. The middle stem of the E should be slightly shorter than the outside of the E to show it's a genuine mark.
- Check for product recalls on https://www.tradingstandards.uk/consumers/product-recalls
- Buy from a reputable retailer, so you know who to speak to if something goes wrong with the costume.
- Report any costumes without the CE safety mark to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.
Deputy Community Fire Safety Manager James Baker added: