How old does a child have to be, to legally be left home alone unsupervised in North Carolina?

How old does a child have to be, to legally be left home alone unsupervised in North Carolina?

How old does a child have to be, to legally be left home alone unsupervised in North Carolina?

“The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services agency functions under the North Carolina fire code that says children under the age of 8 must be supervised at home because of the risk of fire…”

However, DHHS may investigate the parents about children left home alone at any age.

Investigators will look into the maturity of the child, the safety of the community and the child’s ability to access emergency services; in other words, if the child can call 911, if necessary.

While a child can be left at home alone, he/she may be considered too young to care for younger brothers and sisters.

NCDHHS Standards: “Children 5 and under are not to be left anywhere alone. They must be supervised by an adult by visual and auditory contact, especially when they are left outside. Children from 6 to 8 years of age are not to be left alone for more than a few minutes. Children 9 to 10 are not to be left alone for more than two hours, and children ages 11 to 12 are not left alone for more than four hours.”

Standards, but not laws.

Unlike children, poodles can be left home alone in a cage.

My children were not out of arm’s reach until they had driver’s licenses.