Safety agency issues tips for a less scary, but safer Halloween

Monday, October 29th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission is releasing its annual safety list to prevent harm to little ghosts and goblins this Halloween.

The Commission recommends the following:

-- Costumes, including masks, beards and wigs should be made of flame-resistant fabrics such as nylon or polyester, or be labeled "flame-resistant."

-- Avoid flimsy materials, baggy sleeves or skirts that could contact open flames.

-- Costumes should fit well, not drag on the ground, and be highly visible, perhaps by using reflective tape.

-- Children should carry flashlights.

-- Accessories such as swords and knives should be made of soft, flexible material.

-- Masks, hats and scarves shouldn't obstruct vision or ventilation.

-- Treats should be inspected by an adult before consumption.

-- Candles and jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from combustibles and kids.

-- Decoration lights should be checked for safety.