October 31, 2003
CPSC Urges Safety for Halloween
As Halloween approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
is providing tips to prevent injuries to trick- or-treaters.
"We encourage everyone who celebrates Halloween to use our safety tips to
prevent injuries. Homemade costumes in particular can present a fire hazard
if not made with flame resistant fabrics,"said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton.
Consumers can make this year's holiday a safe one by following these safety
tips on costumes, treats and decorations.
When purchasing costumes, masks, beards and wigs, look for flame- resistant
fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or look for the label "Flame Resistant."
Flame-resistant fabrics will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
To minimize the risk of contact with candles and other fire sources, avoid
costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or
Purchase or make costumes that are light, bright and clearly visible to