Here are some home
alone safety tips that can help keep you safe while you are home by your
accept rides from anyone unless a parent is notified.
take unfamiliar shortcuts to or from school.
and when to call 911, police or the fire department and which radio
station to tune in to for emergency information.
parent as soon as you are home.
schedule of after-school activities.
back-up person to call in case of emergency.
clear instructions for answering the telephone or the door.
Never tell them you are home alone!
mom is having a bath" or "My dad is asleep and will call back. Can I take
your name and number?"
to the door! Ignore the ringing, even if it persists.
that no one is home; they'll come back later.
visit friends without a parent's permission.
use any appliance without a parent's permission.
If you come
home and a window in your house is broken or a door is open that shouldn't
be, don't go in. Go to a trusted neighbor, or find a phone and call 911.
If you have
to stay after school or want to play or study with a friend, tell your mom
your home without asking your mom or dad first. Make sure a parent knows
where you are going and for how long. Always tell your mom or dad where
you will be and when you will be home.
family is home and the doorbell rings, always find out who it is and ask
your mom or dad before you open the door.
If you are
home alone, never open the door — unless you can see that it is a relative
or a specific person who your mom or dad said would come over to stay with
give information to anyone over the phone about yourself, your family or
where you live. Hang up on anyone who calls to bother you or who says bad
things on the phone.
If you have
a babysitter who hits you, touches you or makes you play games that
embarrass you, tell a trusted adult, even if the babysitter told you not
the windows and doors in your home locked.
If someone tries to break into your home, call 911
immediately and give them your full address, including your apartment
number if you have one. Tell them that you are at home and someone is
trying to break in. Then, try calling a neighbor you know is usually home.
If you can get out of the house, get out. If you can hide, hide.