Talk to your teen about what to do if the smoke alarm goes off and make a plan for them to follow just in case. Also, fill out our emergency contact sheet and hang it on the fridge for an easy find. Make sure your teen knows never to disable a smoke alarm.
When's the right age to let your teen stay home alone? It can vary by city and state, so make sure to check your local laws. Plus, each teen is different so make sure they feel ready.
Ready, Set, Go
Letting your teen stay home alone is a big decision. Discuss the topic with your child and family—if you all agree it's a good idea, it could build confidence and independence. Take the quiz to learn if your child is ready to stay home alone.
Baby Steps to Babysitting
If you plan to leave a younger child with an older one, consider enrolling the eldest in a babysitting course, like one offered by The American Red Cross. Get more information on training here.
Check In or Check On
If your child is coming home after school and you won't be there, ask them to call you as soon as they walk in the door. Make this part of their daily routine. That way if they don't call, you can check on them.