Babysitting Safety Tips

The following list of information should always be left with a babysitter:

  1. Parents phone numbers
  2. Neighbors phone numbers
  3. Doctor
  4. Fire/Rescue
  5. Police
  6. Poison center
  7. Home phone
  8. Home address

Tips for Parents

  • Meet the sitter and check references and training in advance.
  • Be certain the sitter has had first aid training and knows CPR.
  • Be sure the babysitter is at least 13 years old and mature enough to handle common emergencies.
  • Have the sitter spend time with you before babysitting to meet the children and learn their routines.
  • Show the sitter around the house.
  • Point out fire escape routes and potential problem areas. Instruct the sitter to leave the house right away in case of fire and to call the fire department from a neighbor's house.
  • Discuss feeding, bathing, and sleeping arrangements for your children.
  • Tell your sitter of any allergies or specific needs your children have.
  • Have emergency supplies available including a flashlight, first aid chart, and first aid supplies.
  • Tell the sitter where you will be and when you will return.
  • Occasionally, drop in un-announced.
  • Be sure any guns are stored unloaded in locked cabinet.
 Tips for Babysitters
  • Be prepared for an emergency.
  • Always phone for help if there are any problems or questions.
  • Never open the door to strangers.
  • Never leave the children alone in the house - even for a minute.
  • Never give the children any medicine or food unless instructed to do so by the parents.
  • Remember that their job is to care for the children.
  • Tender loving care usually quiets an unhappy child.

 

Source:  TIPP - the Injury Prevention Program (Copyright © 1994 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 9/2005)