🎃Parents, heed this warning from consumer experts this Halloween

Bulky, puffy costumes may pose safety hazard for kids in car seats

Consumer Reports warns bulky or puffy costumes might cause your child’s car seat harness to not fit correctly, which means it might not offer optimal protection in a crash.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Halloween warning you’ve probably never thought about: Your child’s bulky or puffy costume might pose a serious safety hazard when they’re riding in a car seat.

Consumer Reports warns bulky or puffy costumes might cause your child’s car seat harness to not fit correctly, which means it might not offer optimal protection in a crash.

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“Philip has this nice puffy costume with fake muscles. We don’t want to wear puffy costumes underneath our car seat harness because doing that can add additional room to the harness in the event of a crash. And that additional room in the harness will now make it so there is more room for the child to move during the crash and potentially move outside the protection of their car seat,” Consumer Reports car seat expert Emily Thomas said.

Consumer Reports has some advice: Have your little ghoul or goblin change into their costumes after they get to the party.

If your child is a little older and plans on trick-or-treating, make sure he or she can see and be seen.

Children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year.

To be safer, avoid masks that block vision and consider face painting instead.

And if you are driving on Halloween, always watch for children as you enter and exit driveways and alleys.

A hand-me-down costume is a great money-saver but if it’s too big, your child could trip, so adjust it for a proper fit.

And don’t forget about reflective tape. You can add it to costumes and bags, or give kids glow sticks so they can more easily be seen even on the darkest and spookiest of Halloween nights.

And while they are out trick-or-treating, make sure your children always stay on sidewalks instead of walking between cars or on lawns, where there could be tripping hazards.

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