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Surrey and Hampshire parents warned over Halloween costume fire risks

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Surrey and Hampshire parents warned over Halloween costume fire risks

Published by Josh Kerr at 1:05pm 30th October 2018. (Updated at 5:56pm 30th October 2018)

Parents in Surrey and Hampshire are being warned over keeping their children safe from the risk of fire this Halloween.

Mums and Dads in our area are being told to ensure that any costumes they buy for their kids carry a CE mark on the label - the standard certification of health and safety.

There are also warnings about making sure children keep well away from naked flames and to instead consider using LED candles in pumpkins.

Sheila Merrill from accident prevention charity RoSPA said:

“We want to encourage all children to get out there and enjoy everything that Halloween has to offer, but parents must remember that – no matter what their costume is – all clothing burns, so please ensure to keep your children away from naked flames.

“If you want to make pumpkins, consider using battery-powered lights instead of candles, and if there are candles around, don’t leave them unattended, and keep a close eye on the children when they’re nearby.

“If buying a costume, make sure to get it from a reputable retailer, and ensure it carries a CE mark on the label.

"This will mean that it has been tested against fire safety regulations, and will burn more slowly if it does catch alight. If making your own costume, remember that it won’t meet the same fire safety standards as clothing that has been tested.”

Hampshire Fire and Rescue's Halloween Advice

  • Keep all fancy dress costumes away from naked flames
  • Use LED candles in pumpkins - they don't blow out and they are much safer
  • Check the labels on any fancy dress outfits you buy for fire resistance and a registered trademark
  • Remember, cheaper products are more likely to be counterfeit and could burn quickly if they caught fire
  • Burns and scalds last a lifetime - remember if clothing does catch fire, stop, drop and roll until the fire is out
  • In an emergency cool any burns with large amounts of water and get urgent medical assistance

What if you or your child do get burnt?

The British Red Cross have issued the following advise for treating burns:

1. Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.

Cooling the burn will reduce pain, swelling and the risk of scarring. The faster and longer a burn is cooled, the less the impact of the injury. If you don’t have access to water to cool the burn, you can use any cold liquid like juice, beer or milk.

2. After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag

This helps prevent infection by keeping the area clean. Cling film or plastic bags provide an ideal covering because they don’t stick to the burn and reduce pain by keeping air from the skin’s surface.

3. Call 999 if necessary.

The burn may need urgent medical treatment. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child that has been burned.

What if they are burned through gloves?

If someone is burned through gloves (or other clothing) don’t try to remove the glove if it is stuck to the burn. This could cause more damage.

Instead, cool the burn through the glove with cold running water for at least ten minutes and seek urgent medical treatment. If the glove is not stuck to the burn, you can remove it.

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