Masks are a party favourite amongst all ages, right?
Masks can transform a theme in an instant and are used for all sorts of events, from parties through to protests. Let us provide some basic guidelines when selecting and using masks.
First of all, how is your 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!
Try your mask 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.
Are you allergic?
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.
Also, if your mask has natural feathers, it may cause an allergy, as feathers can carry allergens and mites.
Can you see?
Are there sufficient cut outs for good visibility?
Don't get choked!
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.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Who is it for?
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.
Beware of fire!
Stay away from flames especially with rubber masks and fabric containing masks.
And, don't forget...
Always check for the CE mark, as some counterfeit products use banned substances!