North Tyneside Trading Standards is urging consumers to avoid buying potentially dangerous novelty items this Halloween after discovering an unsafe mask for sale in the borough.
During a recent investigation, the North Tyneside team came across a distinctive black mask, edged with various colours of LED tubing and supplied in a clear plastic bag with no labelling. The mask was found to be highly flammable upon testing, lacked essential safety warnings and came in packaging that posed a suffocation risk.
North Tyneside Council is advising anyone with concerns about this type of mask to stop using it and return it to the place of purchase immediately. Officers are also urging parents to perform some basic safety checks when buying party products such as masks, toys, and fancy dress costumes.
Councillor Karen Clark, North Tyneside Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “It’s vital to be aware of the potential dangers and ensure that everyone enjoys Halloween safely this year.
“Many fancy dress costumes don’t adhere to the same safety standards as regular clothing, meaning they can catch fire almost instantly and burn rapidly. That’s why it is crucial to keep children dressed in Halloween costumes far away from naked flames such as candles, fires and matches, and other heat sources.”