Reviewing the rules about safety

"We have strict rules about what our kids can and cannot do when there is no adult present.' a Tennessee parent

All parents are concerned about their children's safety.

This is true whether your child is riding a bike, driving a car, walking to school, or being home alone.

That's why it's important to keeping reviewing all the basics about safety as your child grows and matures.

This is especially important if you will be leaving your child home alone—even if it's just for 15 minutes.

This is a good time to go over the safety rules you have been teaching since early childhood—including reminding your child to look both ways before crossing the street, to use crosswalks, to walk with a friend or a group of friends whenever possible, and never to talk to strangers or to open the door for a stranger.

You will want to review what to do in case of a fire. How to handle common medical emergencies. How to develop responsible habits about keys, locking up the house, cooking, using the telephone, answering the door. All the safety rules you take for granted as an adult now need to be reviewed with your child.

Here are 10 Home-Alone Safety Tips to help guide you:

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