Halloween costumes are already in the shops, and whether you’re a last minute shopper or someone who is already thinking about getting a suitably spooky outfit for your children ahead of Halloween, there’s a few things you need to know about costume safety.
Firstly, it’s important to look for the CE mark as this is the closest thing to a safety guarantee that you can get. BUT, make sure to look closely as scammers often try to fake this mark. The best way to tell if it’s genuine is by looking at the ‘E.’ If the middle line of the ‘E’ is shorter than the rest of the letter, you’ll know it’s genuine.
Secondly, take some time to check the label and look out for the words: “This garment has undergone additional safety testing for flammability.” ALL parts of your costume should be flame retardant.
Also, due to Brexit the CE mark is disappearing as it is a European mark. Although companies can use it until 1st January 2023, some products may now be showing the UKCA mark.