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Babysitting Safety
Play it safe when you are responsible for younger children.

Follow these simple guidelines for Babysitting Safety.

  1. Have the following information written down and readily accessible in the event of an emergency (on the refrigerator is a good place); Family name, children's names, instructions on how to contact parents, phone numbers of close relatives and neighbors, doctor's name and phone number and the phone number of the poison control center.
  2. In the event of an emergency, call 911 and identify yourself by name, tell them you are babysitting and state the problem. State the address of the house where you are. Give the phone number you are calling from. Follow any instructions the emergency personnel tell you.
  3. Get written instructions about any medications to be given to the children. Be sure to find out amounts and times.
  4. Never have visitors over unless you have permission from the parents first. Ask ahead of time. The parents may want to meet this person before they are around their children.
  5. Plan a fire drill in your head. Plan on more ways than one to get yourself and the children out of the house in case of fire.
  6. Find out if you are to give the children anything to eat or drink before bed. Ask about any food allergies.
  7. Make sure all the doors and windows are locked from the inside, and lock the front door after the parents leave. Turn on the front light to the house.
  8. Make sure you know where the children are and what they are doing at all times. Stay with younger children to ensure their safety.
  9. Never let a stranger in the house. If you don't recognize them, don't let them in.
  10. When answering the phone, don't let people know you are there alone for long. Tell them you are watching the kids for a few minutes while the parents went to the corner store. Be sure to take a message and write it out on paper. Write down the time of the call, who called and when they said.
  11. After the children go to sleep, check on them every 20-30 minutes.

Note: Remember that you are in someone else's house as a guest. Do not make a mess and clean up after yourself. Don't go through their refrigerator unless they have given you permission to do so. Also, don't go through their things. Respect them like you would have them respect you in your own room.

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