Halloween is the time of year when safety can sometimes take a back seat due to pressure from young ones for fancy dress or financial concerns meaning you are looking for a cheaper options.
We’re asking you to look carefully CE mark, which signifies the manufacturer’s guarantee that the products are safe, and some manufacturers now go further than just complying with the Toy Safety Directive. Items sold in the UK by a member of the British Retail Consortium are now likely to have been made to a higher standard of fire safety and are labelled with the words’this garment has undergone additional safety testing for flammability’.
There are two new voluntary codes of practice introduced recently by the British Retail Consortium which have even more rigorous flammability standards than the CE mark. These requirements, endorsed by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), are in addition to the requirements of the Toy Safety Directive and are made available for anyone to use. Good news for anyone wearing a Halloween product made to these standards. Many British supermarkets have signed up to stocking Halloween products that conform to these new measures.”
The Office for Product Safety and Standards campaign advises consumers to buy from a legitimate UK source when shopping online to ensure that the products comply with national safety standards.
Making sure your Halloween costume gives an authentic look for a ‘trick-or-treating’ outing but failing to consider safety standards can make for a frightening experience.
One aspect of Halloween costumes of particular concern, however, are wigs and face masks. The more rigorous requirements of the British Retail Consortium’s codes of practice do not cover these products.
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