The following is an excerpt from “Home Alone-Safety Tips for Parents and Children” found on the website MyChildSafety.net
Safety tips for parents
While teaching your child safety rules for staying home alone, it is important to stress the importance of the safety rules, without unnecessarily instilling fear.
- Post a list of emergency numbers including family members, trusted friends and neighbors, and emergency personnel.
- Make sure your child knows his/her phone number and address. Write these on the list of important numbers. It is very easy for anyone, especially a child, to panic in an emergency. If included on the list, your child can easily read aloud to a 911 operator in case of emergency.
- Keep a first aid kit in the house. Teach your child basic first aid.
- Make sure there are working smoke detectors on every floor of the house and teach your child what to do in case of fire. Practice fire evacuation routes with your children.
- Keep a flashlight and batteries in an easily accessible place in case of power outage. Show your child where to find it.
- Make sure that your child has a way to contact you when you are away from the home, including a cell phone and/or work number. Check your messages often and promptly return your child’s calls.
- Limit the kind of cooking that can be done absent adult supervision.
- Call and check on your child. Always call and let them know if you are running late.
To get more tips and read the full article go to: http://www.mychildsafety.net/home-alone.html
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