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A monster-themed Halloween t-shirt designed for kids took less than a minute to be engulfed in flames, sparking warnings to parents to watch out for dangerous customers this Halloween.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards set fire to the t-shirt as part of a fire safety test to draw attention to the fact that many costumes may not be safe to wear.

As part of the test, firefighters set fire to a number of clothes and accessories, including witch hats, capes, skeleton tights and pumpkin tops.

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But three of the garments tested caught fire within a few seconds. They are now been submitted for further testing and investigation.

In a video shown above a pumpkin and a monster t-shirt quickly catch fire, while being worn by a child-sized manikin.

Officials from SFRS and Trading Standards both provided advice on how to protect your children from potentially dangerous Halloween costumes.

Ian Smith, Trading Standards Supervisor shares four simple tips to be safe this Halloween: “Always look at the label, it must have a UKCA or CE. Remember to check wigs, masks and if you’re going to make a costume, check the material you’re using. Get children to wear clothes under their costume for added protection should the worst happen.


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“Another great tip, which people don’t think about as much, remember to use face paints rather than a mask. You can buy from a reputable retailer, however, do an allergy test first to make sure there is no reaction against the skin.”

Matt Harper, SFRS’s Fire Investigation Station Commander recommends a new way of lighting our pumpkins this year.

He said: “One of the safest things that you can do this Halloween is to swap out your tealights for torches or glow sticks. This can greatly help to reduce the risk of costumes catching fire. Halloween should be spooky, but not dangerous.”





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