parents warned over fire risk of Halloween costumes
& Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is warning parents in the
Burnham-On-Sea area of the potential fire risk posed by childrens
fancy dress costumes, which can quickly burn if touched by a naked
Halloween approaches, the fire service advises that fancy dress
costumes should only be purchased from reputable retailers and always
check the label clothing will always burn if in contact with
naked flames, but some much faster than others.
Safety Manager Marc House, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue
Service, said: "People do not realise just how quickly a costume
can catch fire and the fire spread. The design of costumes, with
flowing robes, capes or petticoats means they could easily catch
fire from a candle or flame and swiftly engulf a child in flames."
injuries are difficult to treat and once a childs skin has
been burned it does not regain its flexibility and grow as the child
does. This means a young burns survivor may have to endure years
of painful surgery as they grow and develop.
Parents are warned that the clothes should be treated as high risk,
particularly around the open flames which might be found at birthday
parties, Halloween or barbecues."
added: "Some fabrics burn much more quickly and it isnt
easy for people to check whether their clothes will catch light
easily. Always keep them well clear of naked flames."
these items out of childrens reach and teach them to stop,
drop and roll if someones clothes catch fire.
Cllr Caroline Chugg, of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue
Authority, added that parents should be aware of other potential
burn hazards in the home.
She said: "At this time of year, wood burners are lit and get
really hot - just a touch to the sides or glass can take skin off."
am also aware of incidents where small children have fallen back
into a bath of hot water before cold water has been added and have
had severe scarring on their hands. It is always best to put the
cold water in first and then add the hot."