|Be A Safe Babysitter|
young children is a big job. A babysitter 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:
> 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 (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.
> Close and/or lock bathroom doors when not in use.
> Remember, Children need to be watched at all times!