How to Be Safe When Home Alone (Kids)

Staying home alone can be an exciting experience, especially if you have been given new privileges. However, you must prove to your parents that you are responsible and capable of staying home without supervision. To stay safe and remain responsible, follow this guide and its simple steps.


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    Keep doors and windows locked. Avoid opening them if a stranger knocks or rings the doorbell, even if the person claims that they are important (ex: a landlord). This is one of the most important steps in ensuring your safety. Without a key, a stranger will not be able to enter and hurt you, provided that you remain in the house and refuse to allow them access. If your parents have instructed you to open the door for them when they return home, look out the window or peephole to make sure it is them. Other important door rules include:
    • Set your burglar alarm to "stay" or "home" mode. This will warn you if someone attempts to break into your house. Be sure that your parents are aware of the alarm.
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    • Don't fall for the "I'm an undercover cop" trick. An undercover police officer will never knock on your door. Even if he appears to be dressed in uniform, he is not permitted to enter your home without a search warrant. If he insists on entering your house, simply tell him to first retrieve a search warrant.
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    • Agree on a code word with your parents. It can be the name of a distant relative, a TV show, your favorite color, etc. This way, in the event of an emergency and your parents send someone to your house, they can tell the person the code word so that you know it is safe to open the door. When asking for the code word, do not ask, "What's my favorite color?" (assuming the code word is your favorite color). Instead, say, "What's the password?" This way, you are not giving the person a hint to what the code word is. Don't forget to call your parents to find out if they did send someone before you let them in.
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    Respect the boundaries. Do not touch any items that your parents tell you to avoid. These items may include but are not limited to:
    • The medicine cabinet
    • Sharp knives
    • Matches/lighters
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    Never cook without adult supervision or permission. If your parents grant you this freedom, carefully follow all cooking instructions. Failure to do so may result in an accident, causing yourself serious injury. If you are uncertain about a certain step during cooking, be sure to call your parents and ask for help. If the burner is on, turn it off before walking away. Never attempt to figure out the cooking on your own, as you could make a serious mistake.
    • After cooking, make sure you turn all burners off. Check the kitchen to ensure that all devices and appliances have been switched off. Leaving them on could result in a fire or excess gas, resulting in injury or death.
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    Prepare for the night. When darkness falls, turn on all exterior lights in order to discourage criminals from entering your home. Close curtains and blinds, as people outside can look through your windows at night. Light and sound deter criminal activity, so keeping the outside of your house properly illuminated at night discourages criminals from performing illegal activities.
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    Never go outside. If anyone strange is around your house or in your neighborhood, do not go outside or to where that person is. If he breaks a law such as trespassing territory, breaking into a car, or even destroying a neighborhood essential (such as a fire hydrant), call the police rather than attempting to stop the criminal. Dial 9-1-1(or 999) as fast as you can. If you aren't certain if he is breaking the law, call an operator on your house phone. The number is just one simple number: 0. Immediately talk to your parents about these strange people no matter what.
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    Learn the house rules. Talk to your parents to learn about your boundaries. Find out which television channels you can watch, if you can go online or on a specific chatroom, if you can play outside or go to your friend's house from across the street, etc. Write these "house rules" down on a piece or paper. Post it up in a room you will be in for majority of the time. Be sure that it is hung up and easily spotted.
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    Be careful about answering phone calls. If the phone rings, be sure you know who it calling. Check the name if you have caller ID. If you don't have caller ID or the ID seems unfamiliar, avoid answering it. If your parents plan to call you to check on you, work out a system with your them. This way, you'll know it's them calling if you don't have caller ID.
    • Most phones will have caller ID, so check your home phone for it.
    • Your parents might not allow you to answer the phone unless if it's them. If so, ignore all phone calls, even if they're from a person that you know.
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    Be aware of your parents' phone calls. If you have worked out a system with them, remember it when the phone rings. Have your mother or father call you and allow the phone to ring twice before hanging up. Then, they can call you again. This way, you will be aware that they are the ones calling.
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    Don't allow people to know that you're alone. If you're permitted to answer the phone, be sure that you do not tell them that you're alone. If the caller wants to talk to one of your parents, tell them, "My mom/dad is busy right now. May I take a message?" If the caller continues insisting or asking questions, tell them, "I'm sorry, but my mom/father isn't available this moment." Immediately hang up and ignore additional calls from them.
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    Beware of prank callers. If you are aware that your classmates were planning on making a prank call, don't answer the phone if suspect that it is them. Be wary when taking strange phone calls, as they may attempt to scare or trick you. If the caller is making you uncomfortable, immediately hang up and avoid answering any more calls.
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    Never spend money alone. You should always wait for parental or guardian supervision when making purchases, especially if you're under eighteen. If you have someone with you over eighteen, you can spend money with their permission, as long as your parents are comfortable with it.
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    Stay away from your parents' credit cards. Never give out their credit card numbers or even your own unless if it is a real emergency. Making unsupervised purchases could result in the credit card number being stolen by identity thieves. Additionally, you will lose the trust of your parents, and you may not be able to gain privileges for a long time. In order to prove to your parents that you are responsible, show them that they can trust you by staying away from their credit cards.
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    Hide from intruders. Although it may be a frightening situation, trust your instincts and hide in the best spot possible. Avoid panicking, as allowing your anxiety to control you will only cloud your mind. Keep your head clear in order to make logical decisions. Quietly lock yourself into a room, and use barricades such as tables, chairs, and beds to block the door. Call the police before informing your parents of the intruder. Never attempt to confront an intruder, as it worsens the situation. The intruder will not only view your presence as a threat but also have the chance to harm you.
    • Most intruders break into homes to steal. However, there are some who will not hesitate to hurt you if given the chance.


  • If you have a pet, specifically a dog, keep them near you as they can make you feel safe.
  • Remember, the door is the last and most important line of defense. The easiest way to keep intruders out is to keep the door closed and locked at all times.
  • If you're home alone and have lots of windows with no blinds, try to go in a place where people can't see you.
  • The best and most suggested thing to do is if someone is at your door and you don't know who it is, don't answer.
  • Have a phone near you in case of emergency. If someone tries to rob you, you can always call your parents or call emergency services (911 (USA) or 100 (India) or 999 (UK)_. If you do not live in one of these places, find out how to call emergency services before you are left alone.
  • Make sure you have a good hiding place if a person breaks in.
  • If someone does ever break in, find an open window or door to escape.
  • If a robber comes into your home, go straight to a secure room with 1+ exits. If there is only one possible exit, have these steps done: 1)Door is closed and barricaded

2)Keep quiet 3)Call Emergency services OPTIONAL*: Have a weapon to defend yourself.

  • Always have a safety kit around you, and a guide for what to do in an emergency.
  • It would actually be best if you keep the lights on because then the intruder will know that he can't steal with people in the house.


  • Keep a mobile near you just in case you need to call emergency services. Having a phone in the safe room or bathroom is a good idea in case you need to hide there.
  • People often try to pose as an appliance repairman or someone similar to gain access to your home. Don't be fooled. If anyone comes like this call your parents and tell them. This should not be a problem if you keep the door locked at all times.
  • If an intruder is in your house, lock the door where you are with heavy objects. (Couch, bed, counters) and call emergency services, if the police arrive at your home and they are near you, open the door for them. Remember the Police Officers or Sheriff (Whichever) will always be on your side protecting you.
  • Don't tell anyone you're home alone, you don't want random strangers lurking near your home. If you do see somebody suspicious hanging around call your parents.
  • Basically if anything happens that shouldn't have, like you accidentally told someone you are home alone, or you spilled cooking oil on the floor, or someone said there was a party at your house and people are showing up, etc call your parents and tell them immediately before you do anything (not after enjoying the party and don't open the door for the party-folk especially). They should understand that you called them for help and won't blame you since they really wanted you to tell them when such things happen.
  • Cooking, showering etc. is a risky thing to do alone.

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