Summer and School Vacation Day Safety

During the summer and on school vacation days, it's not uncommon for kids of a certain age to end up staying home alone or exploring the neighborhood with friends during the day. If that's the case for your kids, it's important to remind them of these tips to help them keep themselves safe.

Lock the Doors and Windows

When home alone, lock your doors and windows. If you don’t have air conditioning and want fresh air, insert a modified stick or dowel in the window sill. This will permit the window to open only a few inches, but not enough for someone to enter the house. No one wants to be surprised by an uninvited visitor.


Be wary of solicitors at the door or on the phone. During the summer days, many solicitors approach homes. This allows a potential robber to look inside your home, evaluate your belongings, and note if you are alone. Tell them they do not have to open the door or answer the phone and to never say they are by yourself. State that your parents are napping, busy, or working in the backyard. Never give out personal information.

Computer Rules

Remember your house rules on computer and smartphone use. Whether it be on social media sites or online gaming, guard your privacy and protect your reputation. Nothing is private online; you should assume everyone is watching and be careful of what you write and how you write it and think before you post. If you wouldn’t say it in person, then DON’T say it online. Don’t be a bystander when it comes to online bullying; if you see something, say something.

Use Safe Routes

Walk, jog, board or bike safe routes. Carry your cell phone and don't forget to check in and out with parents.  Let your parents know your various routes in case you are missing and we need to search for you and who you will be with. 

Be Aware

Always be aware of your surroundings. This means removing your headphones, or wearing only one ear plug, and putting down your cell phone.  Avoid shortcuts at night through parks; stay on the sidewalk or in well-lighted areas and pay attention and trust your gut when you get an uneasy feeling.

River Safety

When the river is flowing heavy and fast with the snow runoff, be extra cautious and do not put yourself or others in a dangerous situation.

Stay in Groups

Remember there is safety in numbers, stick with your buddies.  Memorize your address and important phone numbers, or have your parent program then in your cell phone.  Always remember you have the right to SAY NO, GET AWAY, AND TELL A TRUSTED ADULT.

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