Kids Home-Alone

Home security isn't just about installing an alarm for system and forgetting about it. It's important that everyone in the family adopt good home and personal security habits. For children spending any time home alone, this is especially imperative. It is important to educate your children about home security in order to keep them safe.

Here are some tips to reinforce in children's minds to keep them safe when they're home alone:

Teach your kids how to dial 911 in case of an emergency, making sure they know what kind of information they will be expected to provide.

Ensure children know their full name, address, and phone number.

Older children should know how to use your home security system, i.e. operate control panels.

Make sure they have a house key; don't get in the habit of leaving a key outside your house under a flower plant, hide-a-rock, or the like. (Burglars know about all of these hiding places).

Have your children check in with a neighbor daily when they come home if possible, and ask your neighbor to come see what's going on if they don't stop by.

Teach your children to respond to phone calls or people at the door in a way that doesn't tell the caller that they are home alone.

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