Ghosts and goblins and heroes and princesses will crowd the streets on Halloween .
Halloween is just around the corner, but before you and your kids head out to collect sweets take a another look at your costumes to make sure they’re safe.
One Halloween night, Joella Smith dressed her daughter Zoe in a shop bought halloween costume . But as Zoe was trick or treating, she went too close to a lighted jack-o-lantern and was burnt.
Zoe Smith said, “It was like fire, like all around me.”
Zoe suffered first and third degree burns.
Her mother Joella Smith said, “We went to the emergency room. They had to scrub the costume off the skin.”
Most costumes are made of nylon and polyester and nearly all of them can catch fire easily.
Captain Adam Goldberg of Northwest Fire Department gave a demonstration of how flamable the costumes can be. It didn’t take long for the flames to melt the plastic, he said, “Just like a burnt marshmallow and once it sticks to the skin it continues to burn.”
Captain Goldberg says you should watch out for loose hair and cloth which can be dangerous if you can’t see what’s around you.
He says if you start to smell smoke, stop drop and roll.
James Jeng, M.D., Washington Hosptial Center, “An open flame is an invitation to have an accident, and you mix that with people dressing up in costumes that they are not usually accustomed to wearing and it’s a bit of a bad mix. The injuries that we are seeing are no longer just limited to children. We have actually had some severe adult injuries as well.”
Costumes in their packages look cute, but they can be anything but cute. Some even come with a label that claims they are flame resistant or retardant. A costume is flame resistant or retardant, if it comes into contact with fire and the costume should stop buring once the flame is removed.
So be careful and have a happy, safe and of course scary Halloween.