Nearly 7 million school-age children per year are regularly left home alone.

Every year, nearly 4.5 million children ages 14 and younger are injured in the home.

The vast majority of unintentional injury-related accidents among children occur in the evening hours when children are most likely to be out of school and unsupervised.

U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command and Fort Lee Regulation 608-1 (Home Alone Policy), prohibits children younger than 11 to be left home unattended for an inappropriate amount of time.

The regulation also prohibits children to be left attended by a child younger than 13.

Children, regardless of age, cannot be left unattended under circumstances involving potential or actual risk to the child’s health or safety.

Findings of neglect are determined on the totality of the circumstances.

It is important to remember that the decision to leave children unattended may be subject to state law.

Area child protection services can provide information on state child abuse and neglect laws that address the age children can legally be left home alone.