Be spooky but safe this Halloween

It’s Halloween! – The time of year for adults and children alike to dress up ready for various parties and ‘trick or treat’ outings. Pumpkins have been carved and decorations are all set up ready for visitors to arrive.

Amongst the excitement however, fire services are reminding the public to consider and remember the dangers associated with this time of year. – Flammable costumes can in some instances come into close proximity to open flames, particularly from candles in decorations and lit fires in properties, as the weather gets cooler.

It is recommended that the labels of costumes are checked to ensure that they comply with fire safety regulations. In addition, when wearing costumes, children should be kept away from naked flames, particularly from candles in pumpkins and fires.

In the event of a costume catching fire, the Fire Service advises that “Stop, drop and roll should be adopted to smother and put out the flames”.

Victoria Price, Head of Personal Injury tells us that “all products must be safe for consumers. If they aren’t and someone suffers an injury as a result then a claim can be made against the retailers and the company that makes the product for injury and losses caused.

The main thing for people to remember during Halloween and with any fancy dress is to make sure that everyone is safe. If the product was not faulty and it complied with safety regulation then human error can still cause tragic consequences.”

If you would like to ask further questions  about product liability or serious injury claims then please contact us on 0161 6155554, by email to or by visiting our Altrincham office.