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Home Alone Safety

Tips for Parents Considering leaving their child home alone


The first step parents should take is to evaluate your child's readiness?


Are they mature enough to appropriately respond to the possible risk or emergency situations that may arise?


  • Do they posses the self-confidence to handle them?

  • Are they able to make responsible decisions and problem solve?


Ask yourself the following questions to ensure that you have made sure your child is ready:


  • Does you child know how to place an emergency call and what is important to say?

  • Does you child know to call you immediately upon their arrival at home?

  • Would your child know what to do if he cut, burned or injured himself?

  • Do they know where the first aid kit is?         

  • Is there a flashlight readily available and are the batteries fully charged?  Would you child know where the spare batteries are kept and how to replace them if need be?  

  • Do you have a household fire extinguisher?  Does you child know where to find it and how to use it?         

  • Is you child permitted to answer the telephone?  the door?  Does he know what to say?   

  • Would your child know how to respond to deliveries (expected or unexpected), emergency requests, unscheduled visitors?

  • Would they know what to do if they arrived home and the front/back door is ajar or a window is broken?                     

  • Does your child know never to lend his key to anyone without your permission?

  • Do they know how to reach you or a reliable alternate contact at all times?

  • Have you secured "personal items? that you child may be curious about exploring in your absence?

  • Is your child allowed to have friends over?  Is her permitted to visit them or a neighbour?     

  • What has your child been instructed to do if he suddenly feels ill?

  • Does your child advise you of any changes of plans and know to always check with you first?