How to Be Safe When Home Alone (Kids)
You get to stay home alone! You're probably excited, but you also might be a little nervous. That's perfectly normal. You're being faced with new responsibilities. Don't worry, though, you can take steps to prevent danger while you're at home, as well as learn what to do if an emergency does happen.
Follow your parents' rules.Your parents want you to stay safe. That's why they have rules. If you're not sure what the rules are, sit down with your parents and write out a list together, so you both have something to refer to.
- The rules might cover who you can have over (if anyone), whether you can go outside, and whether you can take phone calls.
Lock the doors and windows.While break-ins are unusual, they can happen. The best thing you can do is keep the doors and windows locked when you're inside. That way, someone can't just walk in without your permission.
- If your family has an alarm, learn how to set it so it can protect you while you're home. Set the alarm to "Stay", preferably "Instant", so that police are notified in the event of a break-in.
Avoid opening the door to people you don't know.If someone comes to the door, it's best to ignore it if you don't know the person. If the person is delivering a package, ask them to leave it or come back later. Don't tell them you're by yourself.
- It's also important not to tell people over the phone that you're by yourself at home. If someone calls for your parents, you can say, "They can't come to the phone right now. Can I have them call you back?"
Stay away from dangerous items in the house.Even though you're home alone, you don't have free rein to do anything you want. You still need to stay away from dangerous things. Don't play with matches, knives, or guns, for instance. Also, don't take medications unless you know what you're doing. Don't mix chemicals and cleaners you find around the house, as it can create fumes or liquids that can hurt you.
Call your parents if you need to.If something happens or you don't know what to do, call your parents or another trusted adult. They can walk you through the situation so you feel safe again.
- It's best to know your parents' cell phone numbers by heart, so you'll always be able to call even if you can't see the list of emergency numbers.
Have emergency numbers ready.If something happens, you need to be ready. The main emergency number you need to know is 9-1-1 (in the United States). They can help with emergencies like fires, someone breaking in, or injuries. But you should only call them when it's truly an emergency. If you get a small cut, that's not a reason to call 9-1-1.
- Keep other emergency numbers on hand, such as your parents' numbers, as well as other people you can call if you have an issue, such as a neighbor or family member.
- If you don't have these numbers handy, ask your parents to make a list and post it up for you to see easily.
Practice what to say during an emergency call.When you call 9-1-1, the operator will want to know a few things. They'll want to know where you are (your address) and what's wrong. They'll also want to know your phone number so they can call back if needed. Try running through a practice call with your parents.
Run through practice emergencies with your parents.If something crazy happens, you may want to panic. Most people do. It's important to stay calm, though. One way you can learn to stay calm is to go over what to do when things happen with your parents ahead of time.
- Things can go wrong in a house, such as a toilet overflowing, the smoke alarm going off, or something catching on fire in the kitchen. Ask your parents to go over potential problems with you.
Learn where the emergency exits are.You need to be able to know how to get out of your house in different ways. Of course, the back and front doors are good options. If there's a fire, though, you may need to escape through a window to get to safety.
- Ask your parents to go over the best ways out of the house.
Learn the basics of first aid.If you're at home alone, you need to know how to deal with getting a cut or a burn. If you have a bad cut or burn, you can call 9-1-1, but if you're only a little hurt, you can fix it yourself.
- For instance, for a cut, wash your hands, then hold a clean cloth against it to stop the bleeding. Rinse out the cut with cool water. Use antibiotic ointment, and then put a band-aid over it.
- For a bruise, prop the area up on a pillow. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to help ease the swelling. Don't keep ice on it for more than 10 minutes.
- With a light burn, put it in cool, running water for about 10 minutes. Don't use ice. When it feels a little better, you can use aloe vera gel on it.
- Ask your parents where your first aid kit is. If your home doesn't have one yet, buy one, or put one together with your parents.
Don't go in your house if you see a broken window or open door.If you come home and you see something not right, don't go in the house. A broken window could mean someone is inside. It's better to stay safe. Go to a neighbor or friend's house and call 9-1-1. You can even go back to school if you need to.
Don't let people you know in if it doesn't feel right.Even if you know an adult who's knocking on the door, you don't have to let them in if it doesn't feel right. Sometimes, even adults you know may not have good intentions. Trust your gut, and call your parents if you're not sure.
- Some families have code words, so if your parents send someone to help that you don't know, you'll know it's okay. Then you can ask for the code word if someone says your parents sent them.
Check out strange noises.Of course, many houses make odd noises from time to time, usually because the house is settling. However, if you hear a noise that's out of the ordinary, you should check it out. If you notice signs of trouble, take action.
- For instance, if you notice signs of someone breaking in, get out of the house if you can and run to a neighbor's for safety.
Pay attention to warning signs.Your home is likely equipped with both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. When these go off, don't ignore them. If you don't know what to do, it's best to get out of the house, and dial 9-1-1 at a neighbor's house.
- If you notice that something is smoking, it's likely time to call 9-1-1 so the fire department can help you. You can try to work a fire extinguisher if your parents have shown you how to use one. However, if the fire is more than a very small one, get out of the house.
- Also, if your house has a gas stove or heater, always pay attention to gas smells. The carbon monoxide detector should warn you, but it's always best to get out of the house if you smell gas. Natural gas has an additive to make it smell like rotten eggs.
QuestionIf I am alone, can I use a weapon to protect myself?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOnly if extremely necessary. It is always safer to run out of harm's way, however. If you need to defend yourself you should always aim for the chest of the assailant.Thanks!
QuestionI'm young and home alone. What should I do when I am scared?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDouble-check to make sure the doors and windows are locked, and use the phone to call a relative or adult who can either come over or reassure you that you are safe.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if I'm home alone with my younger sibling and someone breaks in?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSomeone breaking in is very unlikely. However, if it does happen, it's best to get out of the house if you can and go to a neighbor's house. If you can't, hide as best you can, and call 9-1-1.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if the cops are at your front door?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can answer the door to cops, but you should always ask to see their badges before you open the door. You don't have to let cops inside unless they have a search warrant.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should I do if my phone stops working?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn the event that something happens and you need a phone, run to the nearest neighbor's house and ask if you can use theirs.Thanks!
QuestionWhat will happen to my dog if it bit somebody breaking in and drew blood?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLikely nothing. It was acting in defense of the home.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if an intruder breaks into your home, and you want to hide but your pet is downstairs and you love them so much?Community AnswerThere is a very low chance that an intruder would break into your house so it is unlikely that they would try and take your pet. An intruder would take money, not your pet. The most important thing is keeping you safe. A robber would avoid taking pets because they can make noises that alert neighbors.Thanks!
QuestionWill someone break into my house?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's possible, but unlikely. Just make sure the doors and windows are locked. Leave all the lights on if that makes you feel more comfortable, and if you get scared, call a friend or family member.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if someone breaks into my house, and I don't have any neighbors?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's still best to get out of the house. Go hide in the backyard if you can, and call 9-1-1.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if someone breaks in the bedroom that I am sleeping in?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRun to the neighbor's house and ask them to call the police. Your first priority, in every scenario, is to get out of the house and get somewhere safe. If no neighbors are home, knock on the nearest door and get inside safely.Thanks!
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- If you have a pet, specifically a dog, keep them near you as they can make you feel safe.
- If you are home alone, and are scared something may happen, feel free to call your parents. They will reassure you that everything is fine.
- If you don't know your parent's phone number but your parents need to leave you home alone, consider writing it down on paper and keeping it with you in an emergency.
- It’s best to lock the door and windows so you can feel safe and turn on all lights if it makes you comfortable.
- Have a phone nearby you at all times. This will help you if you are in an emergency situation.
- If you have a phone, make sure to always keep it with you. It's an easy way to keep in contact with your guardian, or if there is an emergency, you can contact them quickly.
- Never keep something on a outlet when you go to bed. Its more likely to catch on fire and the smoke will make you sleep longer.
- If you're scared while you're home alone, do something to distract yourself, such as playing video games however if you're wearing headphones then don't turn them up too loud because then you could block out noise of an intruder.
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