Are children's fancy dress outfits too dangerous to wear?
With this, comes a big safety issue. If you've bought a princess dress for a couple of quid or what have you, then chances are, it hasn't gone through the same safety tests as proper, adult clothes. This legal loophole means a lot of fancy dress outfits are incredibly flammable.
This follows TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, who bought her daughter a witch costume in a local supermarket for "five quid". The costume caught fire while trick-or-treating. Winkleman said: "I was talking to somebody, and then I just heard her scream," Winkleman said. "She just screamed 'Mummy' and I turned round and that was that, she was just on fire."
TV show, Watchdog, looked at the flammability of children's costumes and the results were pretty shocking. In one instance, a princess dress was very much aflame within 10 seconds of catching light from a small flame from a tealight.
It is obvious that children's fancy dress clothing needs to be reclassified, in a bid to make them more safe to be worn. One thing suggested is that fancy dress costumes be put through a more rigorous test, such as the one done on children's nightclothes.
A report has been submitted to the government, which we'll report on when they've responded. Until then, it'd be worth thinking twice before buying any fancy dress outfits for the kids.
If you want to see Watchdog's flammability tests, click here.