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Ah, summer time: when the liv- ing is easy, the fish are jumpin', and the kids are home from school full- time. With more time, for Minne- sota families working outside the home and who have children ages 6-17, that can mean lots of new child-care issues come summer- time. When to leave a child home alone is a difficult decision. Unfor- tunately, in many cases, family cir- cumstances force a choice before parents have a chance to consider all the issues and make a judg- ment. Before you get to that point in your family, think about these two questions: 1. How mature is my child? Chil- dren vary widely in their ability to follow directions, occupy them- selves, cope sensibly wi~ unex- pected situations, and resist temp- tation. Generally speaking, many 10 year olds are ready to handle being alone for short periods of time - an hour or so. Age alone, however, is not a reliable guide. 2. How safe and familiar is my neighborhood? A familiar neigh- bor willing to check on the child or be available can ease your mind and be a sense of security for the child. If one is not available, you may want to rethink your decision to leave your child home alone. When you decide to leave your child home alone, take some time to prepare your child in advance. Here are some basics: Establish clear rules and spe- cific routines. Discuss with your child: whether friends are allowed in the house; whether they can go out- side, how far from home they can venture, time limits for telephone conversations, computer and inter- net, and acceptable snacks. With the child, make a sched- ule of activities and post it on the refrigerator. Review important tele- phone numbers and post them next to the schedule. Review safety rules. Try to do this in a way that does not leave your child fearflfl or overly anxious. Rather than cautionary tales about terrible things that many happen, teach a few basic rules about what to do in a particular situation like: when the doorbell rings; when an unknown person calls on the tele- phone or if a fire breaks out. When the time comes: help your child feel connected to you. Leave a special message or snack surprise to let them know they are in your thoughts while you are away from home. Begin with short intervals of absence. Rutn an errand or visit a neighbor the first few timeS you leave your child alone. Gradually increase the frequency and length of your absence. It's useful to remember that even though your child is mature enough to be left alone for an hour or two, it doesn't mean that they are ready to be left in charge of a younger sibling. That's another decision to think through. Keep in mind also that no child under the age of 15 should be left alone for extended periods of time, particularly at night. Finally, parents, congratulate yourselves that your kids are grow- ing up and learning to take more responsibility. That's a key part of getting older and as parents, be sure to appreciate the good work you're doing to get them going in a healthy direction! Source: University of Minnesota Extension -- King Crossword -- koTti::tik~e?n2~Wrne;:s. Don C. Keenan Author, speaker; child-safety expert Summer sports safely THEIN N WELL CO. Wells Pumps Water Conditioning DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays In the summer heat, parents must make sure their kids are safe during sporting activities. Children's bodies do not regu- late heat as efficiently as adults do. Also, children are not as coordi- nated as adults and have a slower reaction time, making sports more dangerous for them. Consider that nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in emergency rooms involve chil- dren ages 5 to 14 years old. When the heat is on, so to speak, here are some important safety tips that parents, caregiv- ers, coaches, camp instructors, etc., need~to keep in mind while overseeing sports: 1. Make sure first aid is avail- able: This rule rings true during both practices and games. In the summer, first aid must include cold water and ice. In the event of a heat stroke, there is only a 20 min- ute wiffdow during which you can cool the affected person's body before permanent damage begins to set in. 2. All coaches should be CPR certified: A study conducted by the National SAFE KIDS Cam- paign found that 41 percent of children's coaches are not certi- fied. This important course should be required for your child's coach; inquire before the sport starts as to whether they- or at least one adult overseeing practices and games - is certified. 3. Make sure your child is prop- erly hydrated before, during and after the game: Two-thirds of chil- dren arrive at sports practices already significantly dehydrated, according to the American Col- lege of Sports Management. Each year, an average of 300 people die from heat-related illnesses and dehydration can increase the risk of heat illness. Dan Marino, the spokesman for "Defeat the Heat," a campaign against dehydration, advises everyone to follow his ABC's of hydration: Always drink before during and after activity. Bring the right fluids (for any activitylonger than an hour, sports drinks are best. Consider fluids part of essen- tial safety equipment for sports. 4. Make sure the coaches know any health conditiofis your child has, and any medications your child is currently taking (or is aller- gic to): This is important because some medications can drastically impact a child's hydration levels, or in the event of a medical emer- gency, the coach should be aware of any important health factors that could affect your child. Don Keenan is the founder of the Keenan's Kids Foundation and author of the nationally acclaimed kid's safety book, 365 Ways to Keep KidsSafe, available at< ww w. balloon press.corn> or . All book proceeds benefit the Keenan's Kids Foundation, . 2009 King Features Synd., Inc. Fatal motorcycle accident Saturday, at 3:31 p.m. June 13, Stearns County Sheriff's Depart- ment was dispatched to a one- vehicle accident at the intersec- tion of County Roads 18 and 183 in Ashley Township, 5 miles south- west of Sauk Centre. A 2004 Har- Jey Davidson motorcycle, driven by 39-year-old Jonny Rae Sills of Blaine, Minn., lost control of his 2004 Harley Davidson motorcy- cle, ran off the roadway and was thrown off. Sills was dead at the scene. Investigation revealed that Sills had been travelling northbound on County Road 18, when he left the roadway, and that he was not wearing a helmet. The sheriff's office was assisted by Sauk Cen- tre Fire and Rescue, Sank Centre Ambulance, Sauk Centre Police and the Minnesota State Patrol. The accident remains under inves- tigation. Dnveway 'seconds of safety' save lives There's a blind spot right in your own driveway. According to Safe Kids USA, back-over incidents in driveways and parking lots kill at least one child a week and injure more than 2,400 kids everyyear. Safe Kids USA sponsors the nationwide "Spot the Tot" prevention program. "As the Spot the Tot program points out, vehicle back-overs are preventable by investing a few extra seconds in safety," said Nan Peterson, Safe Kids coordinator and clinical nursing specialist at American Family Children's Hos- pital in Madison, Wis. According to the Spot the Tot program, 50 percent of kids injured or killed by driveway back-overs are between 1 and 4 years of age. They are vulnerable to what has been called "bye-bye syndrome." "They see morn or dad putting on a coat while the other parent is busy doing something. Before you know it, the child slips out the door to run after the parent who is leav- _ ing. It can happen so fast," said Peterson. Kids and Cars, a national orga- nization that tracks child-safety issues, reports that 60 percent of vehicle back-over victims are hit by one of their parents or a close relative. "It's such a needless tragedy that can be prevented with patience and education," said Peterson. She notes that 80 percent of back-over incidents involve SUVs, trucks or vans. Peterson and Safe Kids USA's Spot the Tot program recom- mend: Drivers should walk com- pletely around their vehicle before getting in. Teach children, starting at a veryyoung age, never to play in the driveway or" around cars, SUVs, vans and trucks. Remind drivers to be on the look-out for children and pets in the driveway. Roll down windows so you can hear what is happening out- side your vehicle. Consumer Reports says camer'a systems and back-up warning sen- sors may be used to prevent back- over incidents, but sensors may not always be sensitive enough to detect the presence of a child around the vehicle.