Babysitting Safety

 

Babysitting Safety Tips

  • Babysit only for people that you know something about.
  • If someone calls you to babysit and you don't know  them, ask them who gave them your name.  Then call those people and ask them about the new people before you accept the job.
  • It's not a good idea to answer ads in the newspaper.  Person-to person references are best.
  • Take a first aid and CPR class so you will be prepared to handle an emergency.
  • Always give your parents or a friend the name, address, and telephone number of where you'll be babysitting.  You should also give them an idea of when you expect to return home.
  • Try to take a nap before you babysit so that you will be alert on the job.
  • Never invite friends over unless you have permission from your employer.  It's not fair to the child you're responsible for or to your employer.
  • Plan to arrive at your employer's at least 10 minutes before they leave.  Allow 15 minutes if this is a new employer.
 

When you arrive at the house...

  • Ask the parents to write down the name, address, and phone number where they can be reached.
  • Ask the parents to give you the name and phone number of a close neighbor that you could call in case of emergency.
  • Have the police, fire, and EMS phone numbers posted next to the telephone.
  • Make sure all medicine, knives, and other dangerous objects are out of reach.
  • Check the whole house.  Lock all doors and windows.  Leave an outside light on.
  • Do not open the door to strangers, and don't tell anyone who comes to the door that you are alone.
  • If someone calls for the parents, ask for their name and number.  tell them the people can't come to the phone right now, but that their call will be returned.
  • If the caller persists, stay calm and be firm.  Don't tell them that the parents aren't home, and don't let the caller know you're alone.  If they get rude, hang up.
  • If you receive an obscene phone call, hang up immediately!  If they continue, call the police!  Be sure to tell the parents what happened.
  • Keep the volume of the stereo or television low so you can hear the baby crying or any unusual noise.
  • If you think someone is breaking into the house, take the children out the opposite door and to a neighbor's home.  Call the police immediately!
  • If you smell smoke or detect a fire in the house or garage, get the children and yourself out first!  Go to a neighbor's to call the fire department.
  • Call the police if you think you need to.  They would rather have a false alarm than have someone get hurt.  When you call, stay on the line until the operator tells you it's okay to hang up.
 

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