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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:00

Christmas Costume Safety Advice

All children love dressing up, but sadly it can be dangerous for some children, as there have been a number of well-documented accidents where children's Christmas costumes were set alight by accident.

It is extremely important that all children’s costumes (and certain accessories) are manufactured and rigorously tested to comply with both EN71 regulations AND Nightwear (Safety) Standards. This ensures the absolute highest safety standards and reassurance that our children’s costumes are safe and fit for purpose.

Always check children’s costumes for:

1. A Label "Warning. Keep away from fire" irrespective of the burn rate within the EN71 regulatory limit

2. A Label with the CE mark as a declaration that the product meets the European Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC), and has undergone a variety of product tests to ensure that it is safe for use

3. Nightwear (Safety) Standards as an additional safety measure

4. Production line quality control throughout development and at production stage. Additional spot checks are performed as a surveillance measure, to ensure that the highest safety standards are maintained.

If the worst should happen:

1. Stop Burning Immediately - Put out fire or stop the person's contact with hot liquid, steam, or other material. Help the person "stop, drop, and roll" to smother flames. Remove smouldering material from the person. Remove hot or burned clothing. If clothing sticks to skin, cut or tear around it.


2. Remove Constrictive Clothing Immediately - Take off jewellery, belts, and tight clothing. Burns can swell quickly. Then take the following steps:

  • Cool Burn skin under cool (not cold) running water or immerse in cool water until pain subsides. Use compresses if running water isn’t available.
  • Protect Burn - Cover with sterile, non-adhesive bandage or clean cloth. Do not apply butter  or ointments, which can cause infection.

For burns in children you should always seek medical advice.

To learn more formally about how to administer basic first aid please book on one of our courses:

Paediatric First aid on 23rd and 30th Jan 2018


Emergency first aid on 16th Jan 2018