The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says there are three important things parents should know before buying or making their children's Halloween costumes this year.
Experts say costumes should be bright, flame-resistant and fit the child well.
By federal law, all costumes and accessories sold in retail stores should be flame resistant, but if you are making your child's costume, you should use materials like nylon on polyester, which are inherently flame-resistant.
The CPSC says the number one reason why kids end up in the hospital on Halloween is because of injuries sustained from falling. The CPSC recommends parents buy well-fitting costumes that aren't too long. If your child wears a mask, the holes in the eyes should be big enough so a child can clearly see where he or she is going.
The CPSC also recommends buying or making a brightly-colored costume or adding reflective or glow-in-the-dark tape, so cars can clearly see children who are trick-or-treating.
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