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At what age is it OK to leave your child at home alone? Here’s what Idaho law says

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BOISE (Idaho Statesman) — School is out, and the kids are home for the summer, so parents and guardians will have to find ways to keep them busy for the next couple of months.
While summer camps and other childcare options are available to keep kids busy and out of the house, only some parents can afford to enroll their children in summer programs.
Is leaving your child home alone an option in Idaho?
Here’s what to know about leaving your children home alone in Idaho and how to prepare them.
Idaho does not have a law that specifies the exact age at which children are allowed to stay home alone.
However, the Safe Kids Worldwide campaign states that children are typically ready to be left home alone around 12 or 13.
Other experts say children between the ages of 11 and 12 are okay to be left home alone for a few hours a day, while children aged 8 or 9 should only be left alone for 30 minutes occasionally, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
If your child is old enough to be home alone, making a plan and setting rules with them is essential.
Here are some things you should do to prepare your child to be home alone, according to the AAP:

Post key contact information details in a visible place, such as the refrigerator.
Make sure your child is familiar with when and how to call 911.
Have a first aid kit that is easily accessible.
Show your child where emergency supplies are located.
Show your child how to turn on and turn off an alarm if you have one.
Practice using kitchen appliances if they are allowed to use them while they are alone.
Make an emergency exit plan.

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