National Night Out attendance in Moscow doubled from last year

MOSCOW, ID - Many parents and children now know some extra tips to keep themselves and their families safe, thanks to the National Night Out Tuesday night.

This is an annual event put on by local police departments to share safety awareness and crime prevention with the community while having fun. In Moscow there were free snow-cones, live music, drawings, Sparky the fire dog, information booths, and of course plenty of games.

Children were even able to explore inside a fire truck, an ambulance and patrol cars. Now, although the kids thought they were just having fun, they learned some valuable lessons from the games they played and exploring they did.

"You should never drink while driving, get out of your house when there's a fire.. you have to have two ways, if you don't, then just get out some way," said 11-year-old Cassidy Meyer. Don't go back for your pets or anything. Just focus on getting out yourself."

Moscow Police Department Chief David Duke said this year's National Night Out attendance doubled from last year's and he hopes that trend continues with each year.