Babysitting Tips

Plan your escape:

  • Be familiar with the family's home. Learn all exits and how to unlock doors and windows.
  • All households should have a meeting lace outside where everyone gathers after escaping afire. Have the adults show you a meeting place and don't confuse the children with a different plan.
  • Talk about the escape plan and meeting place with the kids. Make sure every child knows where to meet once they are outside.

In the kitchen:

  • Cook only if you have permission from the adults of the household. Set a time to remind you to turn everything off.
  • Turn in pot handles so they're not sticking over the edge of the stove where they can be bumped or pulled.
  • Don't wear clothes with loose-fitting sleeves while cooking.

Important things to remember:

  • If you find matches, lighters or other smoking material in the house put them up high where children can't see or reach them.
  • Keep books, paper and clothing at lest three feet away from space heaters. Keep children away from portable or space heaters too.

Calling 911:

  • Make sure you're calling from a safe place.
  • Describe to the dispatcher the emergency, the patient's condition and your location.
  • If it's nighttime, turn on outside lights.
  • Stay calm!