Leaving school-age children home alone during the summer can be an accident waiting to happen. Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue encourages parents to help keep their kids safe by following a few safety tips:

- Place phone numbers for family and nearby neighbors where they can be easily seen.

- Help them known when to call 911 of police, fire or medical help.

- NEVER play with matches or lighters, or light candles.

- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

- Base cooking privileges on the age and maturity of the child. Parents may want to leave meals that don't need cooking, or limit cooking to the microwave. NEVER allow cooking oil to be used and remind children to always supervise food while its being heated.

- Limit the use of curling irons and hair dryers to the bathroom, to avoid the risk of fire.

- Remind children to ALWAYS wear a helmet when biking or boarding. For proper fitting tips, visit TVF&R's website.

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

- Have first aid supplies available. Consider first aid and CPR classes.

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

- Discuss the rules of use of swimming pools, hot tubs, trampolines and gas-fueled equipment. Preferably, restrict these activities for when adults are present.

For more safety tips, log onto TVF&R's website, www.tvfr.com.