With Halloween upcoming, the
defective product lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION remind consumers to
be safe and cautious when selecting and creating costumes and seasonal
Accordingly, it is very important to remember to select well-fitting costumes
for the little ones with flame-resistant materials.
In 2012 alone, more than 3,000 Halloween-related injuries and fires were
reported to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC")
between the months of October and November. These various reports from
the field included incidents involving burn injuries, cuts, scrapes and
severe lacerations from pumpkin-carving activities, as well as falls relative
to ill-fitting costumes, and injuries from collisions due to impaired/compromised vision.
Notably, the carving of pumpkins was most closely associated with the predominant
amount of 2011's Halloween-related injuries, and the attorneys at
SHOOP LAW remind consumers to create a stable base for carving and to
utilize the appropriate tools to help prevent cuts and lacerations associated
with these activities.
When purchasing that perfect Halloween costume, be sure that it fits (does
not drag the ground) and is not too large, cumbersome or billowy and,
most importantly, to prevent burn injuries, the federal Flammable Fabrics
Act (FFA) mandates that costumes sold at retail to be those which are
"flame resistant." Consumers can have the same protection with
homemade costumes by selecting synthetic costume components, materials
and fabrics which are inherently flame resistant. These materials include
polyester and nylon.
HALLOWEEN FIRE AND BURN INJURIES
Consumers are reminded to prevent the potentiality of burn-related injuries,
as well as
commercial and residential fires caused by Halloween decorations. Perhaps choosing flameless and battery
powered lights and/or glow sticks in jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins and other
such decorations where children can gain access would be the more prudent
option. Always remember that burning candles should be kept away from
flammable decorations and locations where they can be contacted and knocked
over on their side.
Outside the home, it is encouraged by CPSC to employ the use of flameless
candles or otherwise maintain burning candles and pumpkins away from doorsteps
or landings or other similar such places where costumes could contact
Removing obstacles or decorations from porches and/or steps when expecting
trick or treaters. Indoors, remember to keep jackolanterns and pumpkins
or other open flames away from home curtains or other such Halloween decor,
and other similar items which could ignite. Never leave burning candles
Whether you are inside or outside during Halloween, remember that the use
of only decorative lighting strands which have been thoroughly and adequately
tested for safety by a recognized test laboratory is the way to go. Check
each light on a string light set for cracked sockets or broken sockets,
noting also to look for frayed wiring (or bear wiring), or otherwise loose
connections. Remember to throw away damaged sets and not use them at all,
and be sure to avoid overloading extension cords.
When you buy the little ones' masks and costumes, again be sure to
utilize flame resistant fabrics and of course look for costumes which
are labeled, "Flame Resistant," as these products are burn resistant
and also extinguish rapidly. It is also prudent to avoid Halloween costumes
comprised of flimsy materials and avoid costumes with large or overly-baggy
sleeves or large capes. Children should always carry flashlights.
Of course, should you or your child suffer injury as a result of your use
or interaction with a defective Halloween product,
product liability lawyers at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION as soon as possible
for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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