Watch out for trick-or-treaters this Thursday

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Wichita police officers and firefighters are reminding drivers to be aware of trick-or-treaters on Thursday.

"There's going to be a lot of children out there, so we want the drivers to please be especially aware. Put down your distractive devices, meaning put down your cell phones," said Officer Paul Cruz.

One popular destination for trick-or-treating is the College Hill Neighborhood.

"We know that it gets super busy," said Kris Stephens of Watermark Books.

The bookstore is located at Douglas and Oliver, in College Hill. They will close at 5 p.m., three hours early, for Halloween.

"We close the store down early so that there's nobody trying to get into the area. We want to help do our part to help keep the neighborhood safe as well," said Stephens.

Police say the area of Douglas and Bluff to Second and Crestway will be closed on Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bluff will be one way southbound and Crestway will be one way northbound.

Wichita Police have seen a decrease in the number of pedestrian versus car accidents. Year to date, there were a total of 74 incidents in 2017, 71 in 2018, and 67 this year.

According to the National Safety Council, the chances of getting hit by car increases on Halloween.

Police and firefighters offer safety tips for parents/children and homeowners.

"Kids are impulsive. They get excited about Halloween. They may dart into streets. So, we want to be extra careful especially in those areas where you know there is trick-or-treating going on," said Cruz.

Safety tips for parents/children: 

  • Talk to children about a safety plan
  • Practice safe walking (reminding children not to run into the street)
  • Wear costumes that do not present a fire or tripping hazard

Safety tips for homeowners:

  • Avoid real candles (instead use powered candles)
  • Be aware of decorations that are flammable such as dry flowers and cornstalks
  • Be aware of extension cords 
  • Avoid using multiple extension cords 

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