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Trunk or Treat and Halloween safety tips
by Tribune Staff
Oct 27, 2010 | 974 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Reno Police Department will join other agencies today, including REMSA, the Reno Fire Department and the city of Reno Parks and Recreation Department in the 2010 Trunk or Treat Event at Pat Baker Park. Personnel from those agencies will be handing out candy and other treats to children from 4 to 6 p.m., many of them from the trunks of their service vehicles. The event will continue on Friday at Neil Road Park from 4 to 6 p.m. During these events, the Reno Police Department stresses that children should practice safety and pay attention. Some helpful safety hints, that are always stressed during Halloween, include:

Parents and children trick-or-treating should be aware of the following tips:

• Choose light-colored costumes.

• Decorate costumes with reflective materials and give children flashlights and glow sticks to carry.

• Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look before crossing and walk, not run, to the other side of the street.

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

• Masks can obstruct a child’s view, so use non-toxic face paint, makeup and wigs instead.

• Only eat treats that are in their original and unopened wrappers.

Drivers should be aware of the following tips:

• Drivers should beware of the extra pedestrian traffic throughout the evening.

• Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones.

• Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. and be sure to turn on full headlights.

• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

• Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.

• Reduce any distractions inside the vehicle, such as talking on the phone or eating. Stay focused on the road.
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