A safety checklist for babysitters

Every year, innocent children are victims of home injuries. Thus, every babysitter must be aware of home safety procedures, fire escape plans, and how to call the fire department, police, ambulance, and poison control.
A babysitter must be prepared to assume the responsibility for the care and safety of another child.
Knowing what to do in the event of an accident or fire, and following proper safety behaviours to prevent potential injuries and fires, is an important part of that responsibility.
Upon arrival at the home, the babysitter should ensure all emergency numbers are written near the telephone. He/she also know where the parents/caregivers might be contacted in an emergency.
The home then should be reviewed and a mental fire escape plan developed if the parents do not have one. The plan should include: two ways out of each room, how you would handle infants or other children who could not escape on their own, and a meeting place outside the home.
The sitter should know the name of the family’s neighbour, friend, or even a relative who will be at home.
Be sure to check the home for any fire hazards, as well as any matches or lighters that may be within reach of the children. Keep children and combustibles away from any space heaters.
When cooking, always watch the food on the stove. And turn any pot handles on the stove inward so they will not extend over the stove edge.
For fun, review the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and “Crawl Low in Smoke” with any children old enough to understand (this can be done as a game). Know what to do in case of a medical emergency, including first aid for burns.
Here are some guidelines to make a babysitter checklist (this list is not comprehensive; it is meant to assist you):
•Parents Full Name:
•Parents can be reached at:
•Phone:
•Address/Fire Number:
•Town/Township:
•Parents are due back at — a.m./p.m.
•Special instruction for tonight (i.e., food, clothing, bedtime, etc.):
< *c>Important phone numbers:
•Fire:
•Police:
•Ambulance:
•Poison Control:
< *c>Other important information:
•Relative/Friend/Neighbour’s name:
•Relative/Friend/Neighbour’s phone number:
•Relative/Friend/Neighbour’s address/fire number:
(Note: Parents/caregivers need to check to make sure a relative, friend, or neighbour will be at home!)
< *c>Checklist:
•a working flashlight in the home!
•the doors are locked.
•children are never alone even for a minute.
•I know the dangers of matches, gas, the stove, deep water, poisons, falls.
•I know the location of all exits and escape routes as well as the phones.
•I reviewed the telephone number of the fire department, police, ambulance, and poison control centre.
•I know to crawl low under smoke.
•I know to put cool water on a burn, and to call for help if a child is burned or injured.
Remember: If you never need what you learn about personal safety, you have lost nothing. But if you never learn what you need, you may lose everything . . . your family and your life!

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