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Home Alone

  A safe home will help diminish potentially dangerous situations which can develop and threaten your safety when home alone.

Home Safety Checklist

  • locks secured on all windows and doors
  • smoke alarms on each level of your home
  • fire extinguisher within easy reach
  • broken electrical cords replaced
  • clearly written instructions for using appliances
  • flashlight with batteries that work
  • stairways clear of clutter

Child Safety Checklist

  • never accept rides from anyone unles a parent is notified
  • don't take unfamiliar short-cuts to or from school
  • never enter your home if something looks wrong - door open, window broken
  • call a parent as soon as you are home
  • have a schedule or after-school activities
  • have a backup person to call in case of an emergency
  • have emergency phone numbers posted
  • do not invite friends to your house, and do not visit without a parent's permission
  • do not use any appliance without a parent's permission

FAQ

What do I do?

...When a stranger phones

  • never tell them you are home alone
  • say: "my mom is busy", or "my dad is working on something he'll call you back", "can I take your name and number?"

...When the doorbell rings

  • never go to the door, ignore the ringing
  • pretend that there is no one home, they will come back later

...When my friends invite me over

  • say: "I cannot leave home until my parents arrive"
  • say: "I am not allowed to have friends over without a parent in the home"

The Key Page

Your key to the house is your key to responsibility.  Take good care of it.

  • keep your key inside your pockete, wallet, shoe or knapsack.
  • always keep your key hidden from view
  • never put your home address on your key chain in case it gets lost
  • don't lend your key to anyone
  • if you lose your key, don't panic.  It can happen to anyone.  Try to remember when you last had it and retrace your steps
  • don't let anyone know you've lost your key, except your back up emergency person and your parents

The emergency page

Fire Safety

  • know and practice your family escape plan
  • if you clothes catch fire, remember always to STOP, DROP (on the floor) and ROLL (smother the flames)
  • remember, once you get out of a burning building, always stay out

Severe weather safety

HIGH WINDS: close the windows and doors securely; remain indoors

TORNADO WARNING: stay close to a solid wall in the basement or on the lower floor

SNOW STORM: stay indoors

THUNDERSTORM: stay indoors and avoid opening doors and windows

POWER FAILURE: prepare for the darkness by locating a flashlight.  Call your parents.  In cool weather, close the doors and windows to retain heat.

 

Daily schedule

Children left at home alone often experience feelings of loneliness, fear, boredom, and anxiety.  Establish a daily schedule so your child knows what to do when they are home alone.