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.
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?
- Have and post important information:
- 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!