On Your Own at Home
Children 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 unless a parent is notified
- Don't take unfamiliar short-cuts to or from school
- Never enter your home if something looks wrongódoor open, window broken
- Call a parent as soon as you are home
- Have a schedule of 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 friends without a parent's permission
- Do not use any appliance without a parent's permission
What do I do?
?When a stranger phones
Never tell them you are home alone
Say: "my mom is having a bath", or "my dad is asleep and will call 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"
- Discuss these safety tips with your children to make the experience of being home alone a positive one.
- House Rules: involve your children in making the rules, make it fun
- Emergencies/ Utility Problems/Fire: prepare your children for any type of problem
- First Aid: have a fully assembled safety kit available.
- Phone List: should be beside the phone and should have neighbours numbers in case or an emergency
- Other Tips: leave a radio on, keep poisons out of reach, and teach about hazard symbols
- Your key to the house is your key to responsibility. Take good care of it.
- Keep your key inside your pocket, 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 - Fire Safety
- Know and practice your family escape plan
- If your 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
The Emergency - Sever 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.
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.
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