School is out and summer has officially begun. Wondering what age you can leave your kids home alone? The Texas Department of Health and Protective Services states
“Texas law doesn't say what age is old enough for a child to stay at home alone. However, adequate supervision is critical to keeping kids safe. An adult caregiver is accountable for the child's care and inadequate supervision can be a type of neglect (neglectful supervision)”
This means many kids, typically starting around age 12 and up will be staying home alone. Many will be looking after younger siblings and will need to know what to do to keep themselves safe. Here are a few simple tips to make things safer and to give you some peace of mind.
- Make Sure Your Child Knows What to Do in Case of Emergency. Have all of your phone numbers, the neighbors, and emergency numbers posted and programmed in their cell phones and a safety checklist on refrigerator.
- Instruct them on what you want them to do if someone comes to the door. Don’t answer or look out window. Answer through the door only but never open. Decide what you are comfortable with and tell them not to let other people know they are alone.
- Do not let kids post their home alone status on social media. Be wary of where your kids are online, give them basic safety precautions and monitor their friend lists.
- Set rules about going outside. Are they allowed in back yard, front yard or on block? Make sure they know what you expect.
- Find a trusted friend or neighbor they can go to for help. If you live in an apartment complex make sure they know where the office is.
- Practice what information they would need if they had to call 911.
- Make sure they keep doors and windows locked at all times.
Depending on what level of safety you want – you could add video surveillance so you could look in on them during the day. Limit or put restrictions on internet use. Skype, Snap Chat or remote access during the day can also be used to check in on your kids and “see” what they are doing.
Leaving kids alone can help them learn responsibility and feel more grownup. Making sure they follow basic safety rules can make it a positive experience for all.
Move over boring Pepper Spray - Bling Sting is the latest edition to my pepper spray products. This cool new product can clip on to your purse, backpack and even a dog leash.
The makers of BlingSting realized that if pepper spray were sparkly and cute, it would actually get used. And, if it were covered in crystals and could clip on to their bags, that would be even better! BlingSting combines the best of both worlds: high grade Eliminator pepper spray in a super stylish rhinestone case with gold key chain clip. Standard 1/2 ounce OC pepper spray (10% concentration - 2 MM SHU).
Did you know?
- One in every four women will be sexually assaulted on a college campus
- Every 2 minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted
- 80% of victims are under the age of 30 years old
- Most assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows
- Assaults on women over iPhones are on the rise
Police: Fingerprints on Pepper Spray Lead to Arrest
Racine police say a Mount Pleasant man was identified as the suspect in an armed robbery because his fingerprints on a pepper spray container left at the scene were deemed a match.
Make sure you wipe your fingerprints off when commiting a crime!!!!
See on news.google.com
After recent attacks, safety tips on hailing a taxi
It's happened to lots of us. Rush hour arrives, and the flight departs soon, and there's no cab to be found.
Be safe while hailing a taxi!!!
See on www.bostonglobe.com
Red Cross App: Safety Tips in Case of Emergency Patch.com The American Red Cross's first aid app has information on preparation for emergency situations as well videos and tips on how to handle everything from a hypothermia to a heart attack to...
I have the Tornado app on my phone but will need to download this one. Do you have any safety apps on your phone???
See on westminster.patch.com
New video added to our youtube channel. This is one powerful Pepper Spray!
Click the link below to watch the video!
Welcome to the 2nd Week of Safety Tip Tuesday. I hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July.
July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month. Facts are - a vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds. July and August are the busiest months of the year for car thieves. Certain models of cars are stolen more than others – but surprisingly – 72% are your average, model passenger car.
Statistics for 2012 show the most stolen car 4 years in a row was a 1999 Honda Accord. Other popular stolen vehicles include Honda Civics, Ford F150 Pickups even the 1991 Toyota Camry! Don’t think because your car is old it is safe.
Over 40% of the thefts are caused because the owner of the vehicle has not taken steps to keep the car safe and secure. The following are some basic tips to help you avoid a car theft and losing your valuables.
- Do not leave your key in the ignition.
- Roll up all windows and lock the doors of your vehicle.
- Don’t leave valuable items in your car and if you do – hide them.
- Park in areas that are well lit.
- If you have a garage at home – park in it.
- Don’t leave the vehicle while it is running.
- Get some kind of anti-theft deterrent for your vehicle.
- Use common sense when leaving your car somewhere.
Approximately, 52% of the cars that are stolen are recovered. If your car is stolen make sure to call the police right away along with your insurance carrier to protect you from further liability. Please add any tips you have or use to keep your vehicle safe.
Until next week, Tracy