Top 7 Halloween Costume Safety Tips

  1. All costumes and accessories MUST be flame-retardant or flame-resistant. Check the label! If you’re making your child’s costume, the same rules apply. Stick with nylon or polyester.
  2. Avoid costumes with baggy sleeves and billowing skirts. This will minimize the risk of entanglement, plus minimize the risk of contact with fire sources your kids might encounter, like in candleria or jack-o-lanterns. (Special bonus tip: eliminate this fire hazard around your home by substituting small flashlights for candles.)
  3. Make sure costumes are light, bright and clearly visible to motorists. Trim costumes with reflective tape (available in hardware, bicycle or sporting goods stores). And the same rules apply to goodie bags: light and bright and trimmed with reflective tape.
  4. Make sure costumes are the right size and don’t drag on the ground. Eliminate trip hazards. And the same goes for shoes. Oversized shoes are a bad idea.
  5. Lightweight flashlights for everyone. Helps to see and to be seen.
  6. Visibility is key. Hats and scarves must be secured so they don’t slip over they eyes and obstruct vision. And if your child wears a mask, make sure the eyeholes provide for full vision.
  7. Costume accessories like toy knives and swords should be make of soft flexible materials. Eye injuries are some of the worst injuries we see every year at the San Diego Child Injury Law Center.
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