With Halloween only a day
away, families are picking out last-minute costumes and accessories to make
their night one-of-a-kind. Many costumes on the market claim to be flame-resistant.
But, will they actually live up to their claim to fame?
From superheroes to fairies, Halloween costumes come in all styles and sizes.
But, all of fabric used to make the costumes is subject to the Flammable Fabric
Act of 1953, which is regulated by the Consumer Safety Commission.
only deals with the fabric and is very limited on what goes on the fabric,"
explains fire inspector Brian Andersen. "A lot of the glue used to
hold sparkles and the glitter is not regulated."
you go shopping for a Halloween costume, it may be difficult to differentiate
between flammable and non-flammable costumes. Take this costume for
example, no where on the front of the package does it say anything about being
flame-resistant. I'm going to check the tag on the inside. All it
talks about is washing instructions, which is a trend you'll see on many
costumes this year.
"When they say that fabric is flame-proof, it's just meeting the
minimum standards that the fabric part will not catch on fire," says Andersen.
how safe is your child's Halloween costume? We wanted to find out.
With the help of the Minot Fire Department, we decided to put some common
costumes to the test.
going to be an interesting experiment," says Andersen.
started with the Dorothy costume, which is made out of 100 percent polyester
and specifically says to keep away from fire on the label. But, with
kids, anything is possible.
we go, just within a few seconds, it's already a fire," says Andersen. "You
can see the melting down there, every now and then you'll see a drop
occur. That's how the polyester melts."
notice the entire costume burns up within a matter of seconds. This
costume fire would have resulted in a hospital visit.
"It melted it
together. If you took it apart, you would see it went clear up to the
inside up to the chest area," says Andersen.
up: the Batman cape.
was instantly ignited, it started melting," says Andersen.
time, the fabric actually puts itself out like it's supposed to.
was time to set a flame to the wig, which Andersen predicts will be one of the
"It just continues to drip and just melt away."
this was an eye-opening experience, Halloween can be a fun holiday for kids and
adults alike as long as it's done safely.
To prevent any type of costume fire, Andersen recommends
homeowners use electric candles in jack-o-lanterns.
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