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Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office class to teach ‘Home Alone’ safety for kids

Children and teens who want to learn how to better keep themselves safe while home alone will soon be able to do so Wednesday night.

From 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will hold a “Home Alone for kids” class at Fowler Park aimed at creating “situational awareness for kids when they’re home by themselves,” said Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the agency.

If you go

  • What: “Home Alone” safety class for kids, teens
  • Where: Fowler Park recreational center, 4110 Carolene Way
  • When: Wednesday, June 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, registration not required

While the class will not teach children how to create the booby traps 8-year-old Kevin McCallister makes to scare off would-be robbers in the movie “Home Alone,” Rainwater said the hour-long class will teach them how to stay safe.

“Basically, this is a crime awareness class and a reminder for kids to remember to make sure the door is locked once they come into the house, not to open the door to strangers and to always have a very good person in the neighborhood or close to home that they can run to if something were to tragically happen,” he said. “We also want to emphasize it’s OK for kids to call 911 if someone is at the door or if they see something suspicious.

“We are more than happy to come and check out what issue they may have.”

Rainwater said while there is no set age, the class is not appropriate for young children who are not yet ready to stay home by themselves, though “whatever age parents feel comfortable for their kids to come listen, it’s open to.”

The class will be held at Fowler Park’s recreational center, which is on the back side of the park at 4110 Carolene Way.

There is no registration required and no cost, so attendees and their parents can simply show up to the class to participate.