Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Safety Tips for Kids that Stay Home Alone in the Summer

Content by Leo Lucas

When school lets out for the summer, many kids are left alone while their parents work. If you kids are not going to be supervised, there are a few things you can do to ensure their safety. The most important thing to remember is to set rules. If your child is too old to go to daycare but still makes you wary to leave alone for long periods of time, house rules will help prevent your child from making poor choices.

For example, limit cooking to things that can be prepared in the microwave and remind them that the use of metal in the microwave such as utensils or aluminum foil is prohibited. Do not allow stove top cooking since kids often tend to get distracted with other things and may start a fire inadvertently.

Decide whether friends will be allowed inside while you are at work. If you are going to allow friends, make sure their parent know you will not be there to supervise so there is no issue later. It may be best to limit interaction to activities done outside such as riding bikes or playing frisbee. If outside activities are permitted, make sure another parent is available in the event of an accident.

If you live in a high traffic area such as a new neighborhood where construction is taking place or on a busy thoroughfare, it may be better to require your kids to stay indoors. If you have security alarm systems, make sure the kids know the security code and how to alert the security company to danger. This should give you the peace of mind to know help would be on the way if something were to happen.



*josie* said...

No matter what I can't imagine leaving my kids alone in the house when they were small, only after they became teens and can take care of themselves. :)

Dhemz said...

thanks sa buzz ganina bayot....udto nako ka mata..mau gani kay nabinlan pako...ehehehe!

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