With Halloween around the corner, many trick-or-treaters have already picked out their costumes. But just how safe are those outfits? The editors at Good Housekeeping recently put eight popular costumes to the test, using federal guidelines: If the outfit went up in flames in under 3.5 seconds, it's combustible.
Unfortunately, there's no way to tell if a fabric will be flammable just by looking at it, so executive editor Meaghan Murphy provided TODAY viewers with some tips on how to stay safe on Halloween around those candle-lit jack-o-lanterns:
- Look for costumes made from 100 percent synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester.
- Watch for glitter. It can be more flammable.
- Opt for undecorated polyester fabric.
- Skip the capes, dress trains, and dangling sleeves. They can drag and graze lit jack-o-lanterns, as well as pose a tripping hazard.
- When creating DIY costumes, stick with with polyester, nylon, wool, and acrylic fabrics. Avoid using materials made of natural fibers, like cotton balls.