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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Law enforcement offers Halloween safety tips

  • While they typically don’t have too many problems on Halloween, local law enforcement officers still urge people to use caution when they’re out Wednesday night.
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    • Safety tips
      The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Safe Kids Kansas offer the following safety tips for Halloween:
      Child Pedestrians
      Children under 12 should only trick-or-treat and cross st...
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      Safety tips
      The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Safe Kids Kansas offer the following safety tips for Halloween:

      Child Pedestrians

      Children under 12 should only trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult.

      n Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

      Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

      Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Walk don’t run, across the street.

      Drivers

      Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

      Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.

      Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility and they may not be able to see your vehicle.

      Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

      Costumes and Treats

      Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light colored costumes to improve visibility.

      Choose face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision. Look for non-toxic designations when choosing Halloween makeup.

      Avoid carrying sticks, swords or other sharp objects.

      Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as to be seen by drivers. Liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so parents should remind children not to chew on or break them.

      Check treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Candy should be thrown away if the wrapper is faded or torn, or if the candy is unwrapped.
  • While they typically don’t have too many problems on Halloween, local law enforcement officers still urge people to use caution when they’re out Wednesday night.
    Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said drivers should slow down and let trick-or-treaters have the right of way.
    And he said drivers in Leavenworth usually are more vigilant on Halloween night.
    “They understand there’s kids out there,” he said.
    Nicodemus said the Leavenworth Police Department will have their normal full complement of officers on duty Wednesday night.
    “We will be in the neighborhoods,” he said.
    Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said officers in his city also will be patrolling in residential areas.
    The city of Lansing has designated hours for trick-or-treating, from 6 to 9 p.m.
    Wayman said the Lansing Police Department hasn’t had many problems on Halloween in recent years.
    “We’ve been pretty luck the last couple years,” he said.
    Nicodemus also said things have been “relatively uneventful” the last couple of years in Leavenworth.
    Wayman suggested that children have reflective material on their costumes or carry flashlights as they head out Wednesday evening.
    Nicodemus also stressed the importance that trick-or-treaters be visible to drivers.
    He recommended that parents accompany their children as they go trick-or-treating.
    He also recommended that parents inspect the candy their children receive. He said children shouldn’t eat anything that looks suspicious. He recommended discarding anything that appears to have been unwrapped or has broken seals. He also suggested discarding homemade treats.

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