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CPSC Warns: Don’t Be Haunted by Burn and Laceration Hazards this Halloween

Soon the ghouls and goblins of Halloween night will prowl neighborhood streets in search of treats. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to ensure that candle flames from jack-o-lanterns, decorative obstacles on the porch or lawn, and sharp edges on costumes and accessories don’t keep kids from enjoying this annual tradition of trick-or-treating.

Incidents involving burns from flammable costumes and lacerations related to pumpkin carving lead the list of Halloween-related injuries.

“Using inherently flame-resistant fabrics in home-made costumes and using battery-operated candles when decorating the house for Halloween can help keep children safe,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum.

Make this year’s holiday a safe one by following a few simple safety tips:

- Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.

- Costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.

- Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Oversized high heels are not a good idea.

- Tie hats and scarves securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes and obstructing their vision.

- If your child wears a mask, make sure it fits securely, provides adequate ventilation, and has eye holes large enough to allow full vision.

- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be made of soft, flexible material.

Datum: 05 November 2009
Bron: Press release The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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