Keep Your Costume Safe

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 8:37am

Staying safe on Halloween means paying close attention to your costume.

Halloween costumes look harmless, but the combination of costumes and open flames can mean trouble.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says costumes should be flame resistant, but they often aren't, especially if they're homemade.

One of the most popular items for making a homemade costume, a 100% cotton sheet, is also one of the most dangerous."

Within 45 seconds your ghost costume can turn into a ball of flames.

If you want to reduce the risk of your costume going up in flames, the following recipe can make your costume more fire resistant.

- Mix four ounces of boric acid with nine ounces of Borax.

- Dissolve in a gallon of warm water.

- Soak the costume and let it drip dry.

For homeowners, it's best to keep lighted Jack o' Lanterns out of the path of trick or treaters.

An even better idea is to use a tiny flashlight to illuminate carved pumpkins.

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