We want our customers and their families to have a fun and safe Halloween, which is why we’ve improved the quality of our Halloween costumes for 2016.
All of our Halloween costumes meet all the required legal standards. However, in the case of children’s dress-up, we’ve gone beyond the legal requirements and have carried out additional testing that is based on the tests done on nightwear, to further guard against flammability.
We don’t just test our Halloween outfits when they’re finished – we carry out a thorough risk assessment at every stage of the design process. This helps us to identify and eliminate any weak areas or poor performing materials. For example, we have increased the weight of key fabrics in our costumes to mean they are slower to catch fire – and in some cases stopped using certain fabrics altogether. We have sourced alternative, less flammable trims and improved our sewing methods to further reduce the flammability of our costumes.
We’ve also made our own in-house test more reflective of how the costumes are really used in the home. Although the nightwear test we’ve based our testing method on includes a ‘pre-wash’ treatment before testing, we recognised that in reality, most costumes wouldn’t be washed in the machine and so removed this from our process.
All our Halloween masks, headwear and accessories have been tested to the Toy Safety standard. And, whilst there is no legal requirement for adult Halloween dress up garments to be flammability tested, we have chosen to test all of our adult dress up garments to the flammability requirements of the Toy Safety standard.
In addition to testing, we have added warning labels to our costumes as a reminder to keep them away from fire and naked flames.
We’d also recommend that LED lights are used as an alternative to candles wherever possible and that children should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times if they are going to be around naked flames.