Whether you have a young child who spends time at home with a babysitter, or a teen who comes home after school to an empty house, your home should be as accident- and injury-proof as possible. These precautionary measures will help ensure your children’s safety when you’re not home:
Children of all ages –
• Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors strategically; check their batteries regularly.
• Invest in a fire extinguisher; instruct your caregiver or older child in its use.
• Make sure your child or caregiver has emergency phone numbers and knows what to do if an emergency arises.
Young children –
• Make sure your caregiver understands the level of supervision your child requires and is CPR-certified.