Costumes and child safety – what you need to know
The safety of children’s costumes has been widely reported in the media. Ensuring a safe
and high quality costume for your family to enjoy is our top priority. Below we explain the
regulations around children’s costumes and what you should look for in any costume to
ensure a safe product.
Children’s fancy dress costumes are classed as toys and must comply with the European Toy Safety Directive EN71 parts 1, 2 and 3. This tests for flammability, choking and strangulation hazards, and toxicity. The test measures how quickly the fabric burns and how quickly the flame goes out by itself.
The criteria of the test is:
The rate of spread of flame of the test sample should not exceed 30 mm/or the test sample
shall self-extinguish. If the rate of spread of flame is between 10 mm/s and 30 mm/s, the
appropriate part(s) of the toy and the packaging shall be permanently marked with the
following warning: “Warning. Keep away from fire”
This testing does not apply to everyday children’s clothing with the exception of some
All the Smiffys costumes available at Flingers Party World are subject to EN71 and also Nightwear (Safety) Standards. This ensures the absolute highest safety standards and
reassurance that all children’s costumes are as safe and fit for purpose.
What to look for when buying children’s costumes:
- The packaging, or any accompanying leaflet, should contain specific parental or
flammability warnings, safety symbols and instructions for use, etc
- Costumes should be permanently labelled with the CE mark and relevant fire warnings
- Check the CE marking hasn’t been faked – check the correct logo has been used,
particularly the middle line of the E as it should be shorter
- The label or packaging should contain the manufacturers name, address, postcode or
phone number and a registered trademark
Buying costumes from a reputable retailer such as ourselves not only ensures a quality
costume, it always ensures it has been properly tested. Look out for reliable brands such as
Smiffys, who meet and exceed safety standards by voluntarily testing children’s costumes
to Nightwear (Safety) Standards as well as EN71. Cheap, counterfeit costumes may not have undergone safety checks and could put your family at risk.
As an extra safety measure, avoid candles, tea lights, fire and naked flames on Halloween
and ask neighbours and friends to do the same. LED lights are just as effective and a far