In a news statement, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claims that they receive hundreds of reports annually concerning Halloween-related costumes, décor and lighting and wants to remind the public that these incidents are preventable. The CPSC has provided a “three-step safety check” so that consumers can enjoy an injury-free fright night.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said, “Too often Halloween make believe has resulted in real life injury. Fortunately, prevention is simple. Choose flameless candles, flame-retardant materials and well-fitting costumes to reduce the risk of injury this Halloween.”
The CPSC has provided a three-step, five-minute inspection designed to help consumers avoid recurring annual Halloween problems and dangers. The checklist helps to identify ways to prevent fires and burns, ensure kids are seen and can see and to appropriately outfit children for safety. The safety checklist is available on the CPSC’s website in PDF format.
As a Bellingham personal injury lawyer, I hope that spreading this information helps to keep our community safe during the holiday. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that Halloween ranks in the top 5 days of the years for candle-related fires. I, the CPSC and the NFPA recommend that you never leave a lit candle burning while unattended. Battery operated, or “simulated”, candles are safe alternatives to open flames. If you’ve been injured through the use of an unsafe holiday item, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your town to learn more about your rights as a consumer.