Derby City Council’s Trading Standards team is reminding parents and carers of the extra care needed to keep their children safe at this time of year. Sadly, some rogue traders don’t sell costumes or accessories that meet strict safety standards, which could put you or your family in danger.

When purchasing costumes, always by from a reputable retailer. You should look for a CE mark and read the safety instructions and warnings on fancy dress costumes.  Some retailers have gone that step further and test Halloween costumes to stricter nightwear safety standards.  All these tests are designed to limit the spread of flames should a costume catch light.

To lower the risk even further, purchase LED, battery operated tea lights and candles.

Teach your children to ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ in the event of clothes catching fire and keep a close eye on them on Halloween night.

If you’re headed out and about for trick-or-treating in your neighbourhood, wear some light clothing or consider adding some reflective strips to clothing, and carry a torch.

Councillor Asaf Afzal , Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Public Protection commented,

“Halloween is a night many families look forward to. Unfortunately, we’ve seen in the news about how this can go horribly wrong when costumes aren’t properly tested to the right safety standards, often with life-changing consequences. Our Trading Standards team are continuously working to ensure that products bought by Derby consumers are safe and meet the standards expected.”

If you suspect that a product you’ve bought may not be safe, report it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506 or report it online.