City of Lubbock’s Summer Activity Guide includes home alone safety training for kids

Lubbock offers home alone safety training classes for children

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The countdown is on. Summer break is about a week away for most students on the South Plains. Earlier this month, the city’s recreation and leisure services released a Summer Activity Guide with more events than ever before.

The 40-page book is full of free or low cost events for parents and kids over the summer, including an assortment of classes for people of all ages - boys, girls, adults and senior citizens.

Nancy Neill is the Indoor Recreation Coordinator with the city’s Parks and Rec department. She said the summer activity guide is, “Our largest guide ever. We had to up it by eight pages because we just have so many activities within the City of Lubbock organization."

One class will be particularly important for Lubbock mothers. The Home Alone Safety Training class teaches kids ages 8 to 15 what to do when they’re home alone.

“The class goes over what to do in an emergency, how to answer the phone, if somebody comes to the door . if there is a power outage or possibly a fire - it teaches them what to do in those situations,” Neill said.

After the class, parents or caregivers are encouraged to talk to their kids about what they learned.

“It also comes with a booklet that parents are able to take home and go over the same information with their kids, so everybody is on the same page” Neill said.

Texas state law does not specify what age is old enough for a child to stay home alone.

Neill said, “The home alone safety class is [for when] the parents feel they are old enough to be able to stay alone. So we have an age range on it but it’s really up to the parent to determine what that age range is.”

The class is on Saturday, May 18, 2019 and is $15. Preregistration is required. Click here to register.

Find more information on the City’s Park and Recreation page, here.

To see the whole summer activity guide, click here.

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