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Sheriff’s Office offers free candy screening at the Washoe County Courthouse the day after Halloween

By ThisIsReno

WCSO_HalloweenThe Washoe County Sheriff’s Office will offer free Halloween candy X-ray screening at the Washoe County Courthouse on the day after Halloween.

Court security staff will screen candy at the X-ray station located inside the Court Street entrance to the courthouse from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

The X-ray machine will detect metal objects only. Parents who feel candy has been tampered with should dispose of the candy immediately. No treat is worth the safety of a child.

What: Washoe County Providing Free Halloween Candy X-Ray Inspection

When: Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Court Street entrance of the Washoe County District Court Building, 75 Court Street, Reno

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween. The Sheriff’s Office urges parents to share safety information with their children before the trick-or-treating begins. Make sure children understand their role in detecting and preventing potentially dangerous situations.

Here are some Halloween safety tips from the “Staying Safe” page on WashoeSheriff.com:

  • Never allow a child to trick-or-treat alone
  • Accompany children to the door of every house they approach
  • Don’t allow children to enter a home or apartment without adult supervision
  • Children should not approach strange vehicles
  • Remain visible. Wear bright clothing or use reflective strips on costumes. Carry a glow stick or flashlight
  • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations. Look both ways before crossing, walk on sidewalks, obey traffic signals and stop signs
  • Always walk; never run across streets or lawns
  • Trick or Treat at friendly homes. Warn children to stay away from houses that are not well lit
  • Do not go onto properties that are marked “Keep Out,” “No Trespassing” and/or “No Solicitors Allowed”
  • Never allow a child to eat Halloween candy until an adult checks it. Dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, opened or unwrapped
  • Instruct children to shout for help and make a scene if anyone tries to grab them or force them into involuntary situations
  • Children should immediately report anything suspicious to their parents and/or law enforcement
  • Consider alternatives to trick-or-treating such as community Halloween events or organize your own party at home
  • Be sure to have a plan for what your child should do if you do become separated
  • For more safety tips and other information about services provided by the Sheriff’s Office:

Visit the WCSO on Facebook
Install the free WCSO app from the appropriate app store for your device
Follow the Sheriff’s Office on Twitter at: @washoesheriff
Sign up for the Sheriff’s monthly Community Partnership Connection eNewsletter at WashoeSheriff.com.

SOURCE: WCSO.

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