- Know the employer
- Know the return time
- Leave the name, address, and phone number of your location with your parents
Safety Check of the House
Become familiar with the house, including door and window locks and lighting. Conduct a safety check for:
- Emergency exits
- Emergency phone numbers posted (Police, Fire, and Doctor)
- Fire extinguisher
- Fire exit plan
- Smoke alarms
Telephone & House Demeanor
- Do not admit you are alone.
- Explain residents are unavailable.
- Take any messages (keep paper and pencil handy).
- Do not open the door to strangers.
Daytime Safety Rules
- Lock doors when outside with children.
- Keep house key with you.
- Use house restroom before leaving the home to avoid public restrooms.
- Don’t talk to strangers.
- If you are followed, go to a house or business and call the police.
- Upon returning home, check the house for anything unusual.
- If you see anything unusual, such as an open or broken window or a strange vehicle in front of the house - do not go in, call the police.
Know the House Rules
Always ask about the rules set for the children you are watching, including:
- If friends are allowed in the house
- Medications and/or any medical conditions of the children
- Eating times and what foods to avoid, if any
In An Emergency
Call 911 and remain calm.
- Give a full report to your employer.
- Call home.
- Be sure you have a ride home.
- If the employer is unable to escort you home, (i.e. intoxicated), call your parents.
- Be sure to talk to your parents about your experiences babysitting.