Halloween, one of Ireland’s most popular annual celebrations, is also a festive season of fun that brings out little witches, ghosts and goblins to our streets in search of treats. Halloween can also be a time when many people, especially parents and children can feel unsafe both inside and outside their homes. To inform and empower the Lpublic and help ensure their safety, NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) have the following Halloween safety tips.
Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI commented, “Halloween is an exciting time for our children, but there are a number of safety issues that consumers need to be aware of especially surrounding the illegal purchase and use of fireworks. Realistically, fireworks are bought and used in Laois and Offaly and we must ensure that the Irish consumer’s safety is paramount. As Ireland’s official standards body, NSAI aims to assure consumer confidence and to help protect the public.”
1. Protection against illegal firework use:
The purchase and use of fireworks is illegal in Ireland. However, you can protect yourself and your family by following these safety tips:
* Report dangerous firework activity to your local Garda station
* Seal your letterboxes to prevent fireworks coming in to your house
* Keep all pets indoors to avoid them been targeted
* Talk to your children about the dangers of fireworks and not to take part in firework activity.
2. Ensure costumes are flame-resistant: When purchasing a Halloween costume or accessories look for the CE mark and the Flame Resistant label, which shows that the manufacturer has complied with national and international standards. Although this label does not mean these items won’t catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source.
3. Look for the CE Mark on Halloween Toys: If your child is carrying a plastic costume prop or toy such as a mask or a pitchfork, look for the CE Mark. Under Irish and European law, toys placed on the European market must display the CE Mark. The CE Mark demonstrates that the manufacturer has complied with the Irish and European standard, I.S. EN 71 “Safety of Toys”, and the product has undergone safety testing in the design and manufacture process.
4. Ensure Halloween novelty lights are safe: A number of shops are now selling Halloween novelty lights similar in style to Christmas lights. All electrical products sold in the EU, must also comply with safety standards, and must carry a CE mark. The mark should be visible on the product itself or on its packaging. If it doesn’t have the CE mark, don’t buy it.
5. Children’s face paints can give rise to skin reactions: Most face paints do not pose a health risk when the directions on the label are followed and when the product is used properly. However, children have more sensitive skin and are more susceptible to developing a reaction, so be aware of any adverse reactions such as itching, redness and a rash. Pay attention to comments from your children on how the face paint feels and remove completely if any of the stated reactions occur.