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Set up rules for kids home alone this summer

Fire district provides safety tips for working parents


With summer in full swing, many children are staying home alone during the day.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue officials encourage working parents to help keep their children safe this summer by reviewing the following fire and life safety tips with them:

• Place phone numbers for family and nearby neighbors where they can be quickly referenced.

• Know when to call 911 for police, fire or medical assistance.

• Never play with matches or lighters, or light candles.

• Base cooking privileges on the age and maturity of the child. Parents may wish to prepare a meal that doesn't require cooking or limit cooking to the microwave oven, rather than the stovetop. Remind children to always supervise food while it's being heated. Never allow cooking oil to be used.

• Limit the use of curling irons and hair straighteners in the bathroom only to avoid the risk of these appliances coming into contact with bedding, carpet or other combustibles.

• Wear those helmets. A helmet reduces the chances of a brain injury by 85 percent. Remind your child to always wear a helmet when biking or boarding. For proper fitting tips, visit tvfr.com.

• Certain cleaning products if mixed together can produce toxic gas. Identify the approved cleaning products if your children are responsible for cleaning tasks.

• Have first-aid supplies available for small cuts and scrapes. Also, consider enrolling your child in first-aid and CPR classes.

• Have working smoke alarms throughout your home and identify two escape routes from every room. Practice your plan.

• Discuss rules of use for swimming pools, hot tubs, trampolines and gasoline-fueled equipment at your home and at the home of friends and family.

For more safety tips, visit tvfr.com.



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