Babysitting Safety

Be a Safe Babysitter!

Caring for young children is a very important job.  Babysitters are responsible for the children’s safety and must be able to react quickly and correctly in case of an emergency.

Important Information

A babysitter must be certain of important information before the parents leave. Remember to ask these questions: 

  • How many children will be watched?
  • Where are the parents going and when will they return?
  • Is there a phone number where parents, a relative and/or a neighbor can be reached in case of an emergency?
  • Do the children have special food or medicine needs?
  • What time is bedtime?
  • Where is a flashlight in case of a power failure?

Parent Responsibilities

  • Have and post important information:
    • address
    • health insurance
    • emergency numbers (9-1-1, poison control)
    • child's information (full name, date of birth, medical conditions, medications/dosage, allergies)
  • Have your home address clearly visible from the street and posted near the phone.

Post the Home Escape Plan

The babysitter should know this safety information:

  • If caring for infants or physically challenged children, consider how to get them out of the house in case of fire.
  • Be sure the home has a working smoke alarm.
  • Know CPR. Attend a childcare program.
  • If meals are to be cooked, remember kitchen safety rules.
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Things to Remember

  • If the home has a swimming pool, be sure all gates, access doors, doggy doors and windows are closed and locked.
  • A baby sitter should NOT talk on the phone when taking care of children (unless there is an emergency).
  • Don't open the door to strangers, even if they claim to be friends or neighbors of the family, unless parents gave prior authorization.
  • Keep doors and windows locked.
  • Never leave a child unattended when in a bathtub or anywhere.
  • Close and/or lock bathroom doors when not in use.

Remember, children need to
be watched at all times!