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Is your child's Halloween costume safe?

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Many parents are in the market for Halloween costumes as their kids start thinking about what they want to be for Halloween. But Quincy firefighters say there are some things to look out for when it comes to keeping them safe.

Firefighters say when choosing a costume, try and stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. Firefighters say kids can brush up against a jack-O-lantern or a candle, causing the costume to catch fire.

So, when buying a costume, firefighters say to look for fabrics such as nylon or polyester.

"Polyester is going to be a little better," Firefighter Jerry Smith says. "It's not completely flammable. It's going to melt before it does anything. The cotton costumes will catch fire quickly should they pass over a flame or be close to a heat source."

Firefighters say parents should also look for costumes that are labeled as "flame resistant."

"We recommend that the parents look for something that meets the flammability standards or that says nonflammable or fire-resistant on the costume itself," Smith says.

Smith also says to make sure your kids know how to "stop, drop and roll" if their clothes do catch fire. He says to have them practice stopping, dropping to the ground, covering their face with their hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.

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