Children Staying Home Alone

Before you take the step to allow your child to stay home alone, make sure the child and home is prepared for time without adult supervision.

  • Set rules and expectations.
  • Safeguard the home by securing poisons, alcohol, firearms or any other items that could pose a threat to the child.
  • Go over fire escape plans and other procedures for emergencies.
  • Know how to use 911.
  • Make sure they know their address and phone number.
  • Have a list of phone numbers including how to contact the parent or guardian, doctor, other relatives and trusted individuals.
  • Check-in periodically with the child and child with parent or guardian.
  • Have a first-aid kit available and know how to use it.
  • Teach children staying alone to never to open the door to a stranger or let anyone unfamiliar to them know--either on the phone or at the door--that they are without adult supervision.
  • Don’t have friends over. 
  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Do not answer the door.
  • Do not use heat appliances (oven, stove, toaster, heater, etc.).