HOLIDAY SAFETY: Purchasing the right Halloween costume

Published: Oct. 9, 2019 at 5:22 PM CDT
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Halloween is just a few weeks away, which means it's time to start searching for your costumes.

Before you buy, make sure you keep you and your children's safety in mind.

The Logan-Rogersville Assistant Fire Chief Grant Peters said some costumes can be more hazardous than parents think.

"We try to stay away from like the super long dresses and things like that [because] it can be a trip hazard," he said."Going up around decorations or a candle or something you know they're getting ready at the house before they leave presents a big fire danger"

The National Fire Protection Association recommends ditching any long tails and trains.

Peters said kids can lose some of their spatial awareness in a large, poofy costume.

"Something so simple because it's so big they don't realize how close they are until it's caught fire and it's too late at that point," he said.

The FDA recommends looking for costumes that are made of flame resistant fabrics like polyester or nylon.

"A lot of times you can look inside the tag and see that it's flame resistant or there's some type of disclaimer or something in there that would kind of give you an idea of whether it is or it isn't," said Peters.

If your costume requires a mask, Peters recommends swapping it out for face paint.

"We don't want any kids tripping going up steps or tripping going up the street or not seeing a car because their vision is kind of restricted to that mask," he said.

If the mask is crucial, Peters did recommend an alternative to leaving it behind.

"Maybe another option is to take off the mask, walk down the street up to the door and right before they ring the doorbell putting on that mask would be a safer option for them," he said.

Peters said it is recommended to carry a glow stick, flashlight or some type of reflective material to help drivers see you while out trick-or-treating.