Updated: Feb 23, 2020
Carly's Angels is proud to announce a new program called Safe@Home! Safe@Home is a 90-minute program that teaches your child how to practice safe habits, prevent unsafe situations, and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. Students are also introduced to the Safe Sitter® First Aid Chart and learn a system that helps them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.
There is no magic age when children are ready to be left home alone. Children mature at their own pace but are usually ready to stay home alone for brief periods of time when they are somewhere between 8-12 years of age. However, a child’s age doesn’t always reflect his or her maturity and readiness to take on such a large responsibility. Three characteristics that children should possess before accepting the responsibility of staying home alone include:
CONFIDENCE: They are comfortable staying home alone for short periods of time. They do not feel the need to join you when you take the dog for a short walk or go to a neighbor’s house for a visit.
PREPAREDNESS:They know how to answer the phone, who to call for help, and what to do in an emergency. They know what to do in a power outage or during severe weather and are not intimidated by those situations.
INDEPENDENCE:They can prepare simple meals and snacks. They can get ready in the morning and pack a school lunch. They can make decisions without your care and direction.
Before you leave your child home alone, make sure your child knows:
9-1-1 for emergencies
Parents’ work and cell phone numbers
Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
The phone number of a back-up adult such as a relative or neighbor
BASIC SAFETY RULES:
Keep doors and windows locked and don’t open them for any reason. Don’t post online that they are home alone, even within their social network of friends. Don’t go outside without permission.