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Safety Tips For Children Home Alone

Posted: August 27, 2013

Leaving your child home alone for the first time can be scary, but sometimes single parents who work have no other option. Educating your child ahead of time on what to do in the event of an emergency will help keep him or her safe while you are gone. Take the following steps to ensure your child’s safety while home alone.

Security system 101

Give your child a lesson on how to use your home security system properly so he or she doesn’t accidently trigger a false alarm. If you haven’t already invested in a home security system, consider doing so today. Installing an alarm system will help keep your child safe while you’re away.


Practice what to do with your child in the event of a fire or break-in so he or she reacts properly in an emergency situation. To avoid potential break-ins, emphasize the importance of not answering the door to anyone your child doesn’t know.

Make a list

Make a list of important phone numbers your child can contact in case of an emergency, including the fire department, police department, poison control line, 911 and a trusted neighbor. Before you leave, make sure the neighbor will be available if needed.

Make sure your child is mature enough

A child younger than 12 years old is probably not ready to stay home alone; however, age does not always determine maturity. Sometimes even older children may not be able to handle the responsibility. Once your child has mastered smaller tasks like daily chores and schoolwork, you can trust that he or she will be more responsible while you’re gone.

Before leaving your child for an extended period of time, testing him or her while you run shorter errands would be wise.

Check in regularly

Call your child as often as possible while away from the home, and decide on a time for him or her to call you to check in. Constant communication is key to keeping your child safe.