Costume parties and costume contests are a big part of Halloween fun for adults and children alike. When a costume, accessory, mask, or other dress-up item is defective or dangerous, however, it can cause serious injuries and turn your Halloween fun into a true horror story. Help protect yourself and those you love from injury by looking over your costume with these safety tips, courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Wear flame-resistant materials. Pre-made costumes should state on the label that they are “flame-resistant.” If you make your costume at home, choose flame-resistant materials like polyester or nylon; many fabrics sold in fabric stores are also marked “flame-resistant.”
- Brighten up your costume with bright materials or reflective strips, especially if you plan to be outdoors at night. Reflective strips can be added creatively to many costumes so that they don’t intrude but can still catch the light so that drivers and others can see you.
- Choose makeup, not masks. Masks can make it difficult for you to see, hear, or otherwise sense danger. Makeup, hats, and wigs are less likely to obscure your vision. When choosing makeup, test it on the inside of your arm before putting it on your face to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction.
- Avoid decorative contact lenses unless you have had them fitted by an eye care professional.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan product liability lawyers at Lipton Law. We will examine the details of your case carefully and help you hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. To learn more, call us today at (248)557-1688 for a free and confidential case evaluation.