Flammability checks on children’s costumes

Children’s fancy dress and Halloween costumes on sale in the borough have been given a clean bill of health after passing flammability tests  carried out by St Helens Council’s Trading Standards team.

The samples purchased all met current European safety standards and
complied with the current toy safety standard used for children’s costumes.

The issue was thrown into sharp focus last year when the daughter of TV
presenter Claudia Winkleman was badly burned when her Halloween costume caught fire.

The local checks were timed to co-ordinate with a national investigation by
Trading Standards which involved hundreds of samples purchased from
retailers being tested.

Evidence gathered will be fed into a separate assessment by the British
Standards Institute which will look at whether fancy dress costumes should be classed as clothing rather than toys – and therefore have to comply with even more stringent nightwear flammability standards.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Smart and Sustainable Borough, Councillor Seve Gomez-Aspron said: “The issue of product safety is very serious, particularly in relation to young children.

“I’m pleased that the checks carried out by Trading Standards in St Helens
have shown that children’s costumes on sale meet current safety standards.

“This type of work is routinely undertaken without the knowledge of the
public but makes a vital contribution to ensuring the safety of products
sold to St Helens consumers”