Baby Sitters Guide    Safety first



  • Baby-sit only for people you know or who have been referred by a friend. Answering newspaper ads is not as safe as agreeing to sit for a friend of the family.

  • When someone ask you to baby-sit, find out what time the parents expect to be back and tell them how much you charge and whether you have a curfew. Discuss how you will get there and back safely.

  • Leave the name, address, and phone number of where you'll be sitting with your parents or a trusted friend. Tell them what time your employer expects to be home.


  • Before the parents leave, have them write down the name, address, and phone number of where they will be. You should also have phone numbers for the local police/fire/ambulance services, the poison control center, a neighbor or relative, and a family doctor.  Have the address of where you are sitting next to the phone.

  • Be sure you know the locations of all phones in the home in case you need one quickly. If there is an emergency alarm system. learn how to use it.

  •  Know how to work the window and door locks in the house. Use them. 

  • Ask about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. If you are in an apartment, find out where the emergency exists are.

  • Ask about the children's bedtimes, favorite toys and stories, and what they eat. Check on food allergies and medications. Find out what you are allowed to drink and eat.

  • Be sure to clean up after the children and after yourself. Wash all dishes, cups, and utensils that you use, and put all toys back in the proper receptacle.

  • Get permission and instructions on using the video cassette recorder, stereo and other appliances.

  • Do not tie up the phone talking to your friends. Your employer may want to check in or call about a change in plans.

  • A friend should not come over to keep you company unless your employer agrees in advance that it is okay.


  • If you suspect a fire, get the children and yourself out. Go to a neighbor's or public phone and call the fire department. Then call your employer.

  • Stay calm. Children probably won't panic if you don't.


  • Tell your employer if anything unusual happened. A strange phone call, noises, a stranger at the door.

  • Call your parents and let them know if your employer  id going to be late coming home.

  • Be sure you are escorted home. If your employer cannot walk or drive you home, or if he or she seems intoxicated, ask someone from your family to come for you. Never go home alone at night from a babysitting job.

  • If your employers are unreliable-always late, often intoxicated, etc- do not sit for the anymore.


  • If you have children out in the back yard, make sure the front door is locked...and vice versa.

  • If you take the children for a walk or to the park, lock all door and windows before you leave. Be sure to take the keys and some change with you.

  • Never take the children to a deserted park or out alone after dark. Be wary of friendly strangers. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, trust your instincts-take the children and leave.

  • If anything seems unusual when you return home-like a broken window, a screen ripped, a door ajar-don't go in. Go to a neighbor's home or public phone and call the police. You do not need a coin to dial 9-1-1 or the operator.

All information taken from the Brochure Baby-Sitter's Guide to being safe published by the National Crime Prevention Council

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