Who doesn’t remember the wily and rascally ways a very confident Kevin took care of himself – not to mention took on two inept burglars – in the classic “Home Alone” movies? But, the truth is, on the hopefully rare occasions when you have to leave your older kids home alone, it’s no laughing matter.
Here are a few safety tips from the American Red Cross that every kid needs to know when they are home alone, even if it is only for a few “latchkey” hours after school, and before you or your spouse gets home.
For older children, ground rules about having friends over and cooking should be established.
- Have your child check in with you periodically.
- Post an emergency phone list where a child can see it.
- Practice emergency plans with your child.
- Remove or safely store dangerous items, such as guns and power tools.
- Make sure medicine is out of a child’s reach.
- Make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
- Install safety covers on unused electrical outlets.
If your child is not responsible enough to stay home alone, the Red Cross reminds parents that there may be other options, including child care programs at schools and youth clubs.
Do you leave your kids alone? Do you fellow these safety tips? Are there any we missed that you would like to add? Please reply using the comments below.