Plan ahead to keep kids safe while trick-or-treating

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Updated: 10/29/2013 11:48 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Halloween is less than two days away, and while it's a fun night for your little goblins, you can't let your guard down.

News 4 spoke with Bob Harmon from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office and he says Halloween safety starts before you hit the streets, by talking to your kids.

"Make sure that they understand that no amount of candy in the world is worth their safety," Harmon said.

With candy on the brain it's easy for kids to forget the safety basics, which is why Harmon said parents keeping eyes on kids at each door is so important.

"The best way to stay safe is when you go out stay together, stay calm and stay visible," Harmon said.

Visibility is pretty easy, wear bright colors or carry a flashlight or glow-stick. Harmon said getting kids to stay calm is the tricky part. 

"It's often the running, the not looking, the not paying attention that leads to some kind of an accident," he said.

So Harmon said to remind kids to stay on sidewalks and look both ways before crossing the street.

Drivers should be on the lookout too.

"With Halloween occurring on a Thursday night, during the peak trick-or-treat hours you're going to have commuter traffic as well, so you're going to have a lot of kids and a lot of cars, he said.

Harmon said they also recommend you stick to neighborhoods you know and have a preset plan with your kids in case you get separated.

"So that they know what they're doing, they have a plan and they're not going to panic," Harmon said. "That's something that parents can do ahead of time."

After all the goodies are safely collected, the county is offering free candy screening at the court house in downtown Reno until 9 p.m., so you can make sure there are no tricks in your kids treats.

"If you have concerns and you want to run your candy through the x-ray machine, we invite you to come down, in fact we encourage you to come down," Harmon said.

Harmon also suggests you download the AlertID mobile app. Before Thursday night you can use to check out the neighborhoods you're thinking of visiting. Then while you're out trick-or-treating with your kids you can see the safety info house by house on your smart phone.
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