A Leavenworth police official is cautioning drivers to go slowly Wednesday evening as children are out trick-or-treating.

“Kids are excited,” said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department. “They’re darting to the next house.”

Nicodemus said there are accessories parents can purchase to help make their children more visible in their Halloween costumes. These include glow sticks, reflective tape and flash lights.

Nicodemus said it also is a good idea to trick or treat in groups.

“Go with some friends,” he said. “Stay in a group.”

Safe Kids Kansas recommends that children who are under the age of 12 have adult supervision when trick-or-treating. Children who are mature enough to be out without adult supervision should trick or treat in well lit areas that are familiar to them.

The city of Lansing has official hours for trick-or-treating on Halloween – 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Nicodemus said Halloween tends to be a busy night for members of the Leavenworth Police Department. He said police officers deal with issues that tend to arise when many people are out and about.

Halloween activities also may pose some fire hazards, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The organization urges people to keep Halloween decorations away from heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Decorations also should be kept clear of all doors so they do not block exits.

The NFPA cautions that Halloween decorations with dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. 

The NFPA also urges caution when using candles in jack-o-lanterns. The organization recommends using battery-operated candles or glow sticks.

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