BETHESDA, MD (CNN) – Keeping Halloween fun this year will mean taking additional safety steps when it comes to costumes and decorations.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairperson, Inez Tenenbaum, urges parents to be mindful of the costumes they choose for their children.
Children should always be accompanied by adults," Tenenbuam said. "You don't want a child walking around with ill-fitting costumes, like big baggy pants and billowy sleeves because they'll be carrying their lantern, jack-o-lantern, and they will be getting candy, or their bags and getting candy, and you just want to make sure that the children can walk easily and not trip up in their costume."
Tenenbaum also encourages flame-resistant materials and masks that don't interfere with visibility.
When it comes to decorations, parents should be mindful of candle-lit pumpkins and other decorations.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 4,600 Halloween-related injuries last year, an increase from the year before.
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