Babysitter Safety Tips
February 12th, 2013 posted by Harlyene Goss
‘Tis the season parents need their baby-sitters. Whether it is the busy season at work, holiday shopping or parties, they rely on their baby-sitters to keep their children safe. Whenever it involves the safety of our children, reminders are always helpful. Making sure your family has a fire plan is one of the most important things you can do, especially important is that everyone knows where the meeting place outside is. Having everyone meet in one spot not only helps the firemen know if everyone is out makes their job easier. Unfortunately, most baby-sitters are not given this information. // Baby-sitting instructor, Staci Sherman states that “More and more families are taking the time to form a plan which includes a place to meet in case of fire but most of the time, the parents forget to tell the baby-sitter. Even though chances are small that something will happen while the baby-sitter is in charge, it does happen.” Other fire safety information you should supply the baby-sitter with is where the emergency exits are and if there are any fire extinguishers. Make sure the baby-sitter knows how to use the door and window locks and you should leave at least one outside light on. There is also other information that parents need to supply the baby-sitter, that can make the baby-sitter’s job easier but more importantly to keep your children safe.
make sure the baby-sitter has an emergency number for fire, police, etc., and at least one other family member’s or a neighbor’s telephone number.
make sure the baby-sitter knows where you will be and what time you’ll be home. If you are late, give the baby-sitter a courtesy call and let her/him know.
let the baby-sitter know if a child is not feeling well, so he/she can check on the child regularly.
let the baby-sitter know if someone is coming over to fix something or drop something off.
make it clear to the baby-sitter what he/she can and cannot do — having a friend over, using the telephone, eating, etc. As always, children will try to do what they want which is not always what you as a parent feels is in the child’s best interest. Leaving written instructions as to television, computer and/or video games and bedtime help make the baby-sitter’s job much easier. By supplying as much information as possible you can give your baby-sitter the peace of mind and confidence to take care of your children safely — the way you want.