Babysitter Safety Tips

If you are babysitting, stay with the children. Supervise the children when they are awake and check on them often when they are in bed. Once they’re sound asleep, stay close enough to hear them if they wake up.

Fire Procedures
If there’s a fire:
  • Your first job is to get yourself and the children outside, and then stay out!
  • Don’t go back in for anything. When everyone’s arrived at a meeting place, take the children with you to call the 911 operator from a neighbor’s telephone or from a mobile phone, if you have one.
  • Give the 911 operator the exact address of the fire and stay on the telephone until they tell you it’s okay to hang up. Then call the parents of the children.
  • If you run into smoke while you are escaping, try another way out. If you can’t avoid the smoke, crawl on your hands and knees with your head 1 to 2 feet above the floor.
  • Test doors before you open them. If there’s fire on the other side, it will feel warm around the cracks. Kneel down and then reach up as high as you can and touch the door knob and around the frame with the back of your hand. If the door is cool, open it with caution. If the door knob is warm, try another escape route.
If You Can’t Get to the Children
If smoke or flames are blocking the way to the children’s room, leave the building and call 911 as soon as you can from a neighbor’s house or mobile telephone. Tell the 911 operator where the children are trapped.