Halloween costume safety tips for parents

BROOKLYN - Most children already know exactly who they're going as this Halloween, but now it's up to their parents to make sure their costumes and accessories are safe.

From jack-o-lanterns to haunted houses, candles are a major part of Halloween decorations, but they can also pose risks. Therefore, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends costumes made from synthetic fabrics that won't catch fire.

Parents are also advised to buy face paint instead of a mask so that a child's vision and breathing aren't hindered.

When choosing a costume, parents should look for one that is properly sized, doesn't drag on the ground and doesn't have a billowy skirt that could brush up an open flame.

Another thing to stay away from is accessories with sharp edges, like swords and sickles.

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