Parents should take even more precaution this Halloween because of the unseasonably cold weather, a health department official said today.
Besides dressing their trick-or-treaters for the wintry weather, parents should accompany their children to make sure they cross slick streets safely, said Barbara Schnitker, director of nursing for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.
"Kids are probably going to be out regardless of the weather conditions," she said. "So parents should be extra cautious with drivers on icy streets when their children cross the streets."
Schnitker recommends parents give their children flashlights to carry with them Thursday night for increased visability. She added that children should be dressed in masks that don't decrease their ability to see their surroundings.
With temperatures in the low 30s and wind chills hovering around zero, Schnitker said children should have layers of clothing underneath their costumes. Hats and gloves also should be worn to protect from the cold.