Parents Guide to Safety
Leaving your children in the care of a babysitter is a serious
responsibility for any parent. Following these guidelines will help to
ensure the experience is a safe and pleasant one for you, the babysitter and
Before the Babysitter Arrives:
Go over your home fire escape plan with your children, making sure that they
know the escape routes and the location of the outside meeting place.
Test the smoke alarms to make sure they are working. Smoke alarms will
detect fire in its early stages and could give the babysitter and children
time to escape.
Speak to a neighbor who will be home for the evening. If there is an
emergency, the babysitter can contact this neighbor to get help immediately.
Post "POLICE", "FIRE", and "AMBULANCE" emergency numbers right beside the
phone. Include the neighbor's name and telephone number and the telephone
number where you can be reached.
When the Babysitter Arrives:
Show the babysitter the home, pointing out the children's bedrooms and the
exits from those rooms.
Review the home fire escape plan with the babysitter, indicating the
location of the meeting place and the neighbor's house. Tell the babysitter
that if there is smoke or fire, get the children out of the house as quickly
as possible and call the fire department from the neighbor's house.
Show the babysitter the emergency numbers by the phone and give him or her a
separate Emergency Information Sheet to keep in their pocket. They may have
to leave the house quickly and run to the neighbor's. This sheet should
include the telephone number where the parents can be reached.
If the babysitter will be cooking or heating up food, demonstrate the use of
all appliances they will be required to use.
Never allow babysitters to smoke while on the job.
If the parents smoke, make sure that matches and lighters are kept out of
the reach and sight of the children at all times.
Give the babysitter information about the children's routines and special
needs, including allergies, medical conditions and medication.
Fill out the "Emergency Information for Babysitters" form and leave it with
the babysitter. (click here to