Masks are a party favourite amongst all ages. They can transform a theme in an instant and are used for all sorts of events, from parties through to protests. Partysafe has provided some basic guidelines when selecting and using masks:


How is the mask marketed? Is it for children or adults? If it's marketed at children, there are specific rules that must apply since it is advertised with a play value. If the product is clearly marketed at adults, then different regulations apply.


Masks can be made of a wide variety materials and some carry false hair and fabrics. Be sure to make note of any warnings that advise you to keep it away from naked flames.

When purchasing a mask, ensure you check the following:

  • Try it on and gauge the size. Does the mask feel tight? It could affect the blood supply to your ears if it's a whole head mask.

  • Can you breathe adequately? Condensation can soon build up if the breathing hole is not correctly aligned or is too small.

  • Rubber masks contain natural rubber latex. If you have a latex allergy, or show symptoms of irritation remove the mask immediately and seek medical attention.

  • Are there sufficient cut outs for good visibility?

  • Stay away from flames especially with rubber masks and fabric containing masks.

  • If your mask has natural feathers, it may cause an allergy as feathers can carry allergens and mites.

  • If there is a string to tie the mask, ensure you supervise children as strings can present a strangulation hazard. Beware of how tight you tie the string. There should also be a 'WARNING: strangulation hazard' on the mask if the product is intended for children.

  • Do not use products that are not intended for children on children. There are reasons why adult masks are not for children and can present hidden dangers.

  • Do not cross busy roads wearing masks - they can narrow your sight of vision.

  • And always check for the CE mark as some counterfeit products use banned substances.