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Stay safe while trick or treating A quarter of a million children will go trick or treating or to themed parties at Halloween, research by parenting forum ChannelMum.com reveals.

see the law changed. To help keep kids safe over Halloween the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has issued a list of dos and don'ts.

And an estimated 100,000 of them could be at risk from fireball Halloween costumes.

|Do use safe LED candles instead of real ones in pumpkins or lanterns.

one lanterns. ch ma garm regu Worried mums and dads have been campaigning for a year to overturn an EU law which tests the flammability factor of these outfits as toys rather than nightwear - but nothing has changed.

| Do check costumes for a CE mark which means the garment has met EU safety regulations. If the material does catch fire, the rate the flame will spread is slower than a costume which has no CE mark.

f slowe whi| Just last week, the Mirror revealed children's Halloween gear still poses a terrifying safety risk as an investigation found material can catch fire in seconds and burn for almost two minutes.

| Do ensure children can be seen in the dark and that they wear a reflective item and carry a torch.

Claudia saw her daughter's outfit burst into flames | Don't leave burning candles unattended if you are using them in the house. | Don't allow children to go out trick or treating in the dark unsupervised. Make sure that they are with an adult at all times, especially when crossing roads.

The Good Housekeeping probe followed a 2014 Halloween costume fire in which Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman saw her daughter's witches outfit burst into flames as she brushed past a jack-o'-lantern pumpkin lit by a candle.

| Don't knock on the doors of elderly or vulnerable people as they may not want to take part and could feel intimated by trick or treaters.

Matilda, aged eight at the time, was rushed to hospital with severe burns, and last year Claudia backed a bid to A quarter of a million children will go trick or treating or to themed parties at Halloween, research by parenting forum ChannelMum.com reveals.

And an estimated 100,000 of them could be at risk from fireball Halloween costumes.

Worried mums and dads have been campaigning for a year to overturn an EU law which tests the flammability factor of these outfits as toys rather than nightwear - but nothing has changed.

Just last week, the Mirror revealed children's Halloween gear still poses a terrifying safety risk as an investigation found material can catch fire in seconds and burn for almost two minutes.

Claudia daughter's burst into The Good Housekeeping probe followed a 2014 Halloween costume fire in which Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkleman saw her daughter's witches outfit burst into flames as she brushed past a jack-o'-lantern pumpkin lit by a candle.

Matilda, aged eight at the time, was rushed to hospital with severe burns, and last year Claudia backed a bid to see the law changed. To help keep kids safe over Halloween the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has issued a list of dos and don'ts.

|Do use safe LED candles instead of real ones in pumpkins or lanterns.

one lanterns. ch ma garm regu |Do check costumes for a CE mark which means the garment has met EU safety regulations. If the material does catch fire, the rate the flame will spread is slower than a costume which has no CE mark.

f slowe whi| |Do ensure children can be seen in the dark and that they wear a reflective item and carry a torch.

saw her outfit flames | Don't leave burning candles unattended if you are using them in the house. | Don't allow children to go out trick or treating in the dark unsupervised. Make sure that they are with an adult at all times, especially when crossing roads.

| Don't knock on the doors of elderly or vulnerable people as they may not want to take part and could feel intimated by trick or treaters.

a | are using them in followed a 2014 Claudia saw her daughter's outfit burst into flames

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