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Beware Hallowe'en fire hazards

It's Hallowe'en and an appeal has been issued by Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards for those celebrating the event to consider using battery-powered LED lights instead of candles or tea lights.

A warning has also been issued about Hallowe'en costumes for children that may not meet safety standards.

Trading Standards has seized a large quantity of children's dressing-up costumes from an individual trading from home, selling online and sending products all over the UK.

The products concerned were found to be counterfeit. There were more than 2,200 items in total which will now be sent for testing, however they are not expected to meet the relevant safety standards.

Senior Trading Standards Officer Chad Saratoon said: "In the run up to Hallowe'en we see a lot of novelty items placed on the market in Lincolnshire.

"We consider matters of product safety very seriously and we work with manufacturers to detect counterfeit items on the market.

"Importers and distributors have obligations to check and ensure that the products they place on the market are safe and meet the required safety standards. Businesses also need to take steps to ensure that what they sell is a genuine product.

"We would  urge consumers to take action if they see an item that they suspect is unsafe or fake by reporting it to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06."

Trading Standards has re-emphasised the importance of taking adequate precautions when purchasing these types of products.