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EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE EXPERIENCE MAKES



GUIDE FOR BABYSITTERS

When you babysit, you are entrusted with a child's life. Your primary
responsibility is to care for the children's needs and most of all: keep
them safe. You can prepare yourself for this important trust by following
these guidelines.

* Have the following information written down and readily accessible in
the event of an emergency: Family name, children's names, house
address with nearest cross street, instructions on how to contact the
parents, phone number(s) of close relatives and neighbors, doctor's
name and phone number along with a medical release. Include the
phone number of the national poison control center which is 800-222-1222.

* In the event of an emergency: Call 911: identify yourself by name, tell
them you are babysitting and state the problem. State the address of
the house where you are and the nearest cross street. (Be sure to
specify north, South, Avenue, Street, etc.) Give the phone number
you are calling from.

* Get written instructions about any medicines to be given to the children
-- how much and what time.

* Having visitors while babysitting is a bad policy. Always get approval if
you would like to have a visitor.

* Find out who you should call in case of an emergency. Be sure to get their
phone number.

* Be sure to meet the family dog.

* Take a walk through the house and check for any special locks, windows
that cannot be climbed out of, other telephones and anything all that would
be a problem in case of an emergency.

* During the walk through, check for hazards and things that the children can
get into, such as matches, lighter fluid, electric cords, plastic bags, medication,
or anything else that may be dangerous.

* Look to see if there is a pool. Check for doggie doors and any unlocked doors
or windows leading to that area.

* Have a mental fire drill: that is, plan on more ways than one to get yourself and
the children out of the house in case of fire.

* Be sure to find out if you are to give the children
anything to eat or drink before bed.

* Make sure all the doors and windows are locked from the inside,
and lock the front door after the parents leave.


WHAT TO DO AFTER THE PARENTS LEAVE

* If it is evening, turn on the porch/outside light.

* If the children are asleep, check on them about every 15 minutes.
* If the children are up, know their location at all times and never leave them
alone too long.

* If for any reason you must leave the house, TAKE THE CHILDREN WITH YOU!

* DO NOT open the door for anyone unless you personally know the person.

* If someone insists on coming in and you do not recognize them, or if you suspect
a prowler, CALL THE POLICE AT 911.


IN CASE OF FIRE

* Sound the alarm -- yell FIRE as loud as possible.

* If possible, close the door to the area where the fire is.

* DO NOT attempt to extinguish the fire, but rather attempt to save a life.

* Get everyone out of the house, and do not go back in for any reason.

* Keep all the children together, and go to the approved neighbors's home.

* Call the Fire Department at 911 and leave the children with the neighbors, then
go back outside to direct the fire fighters to the fire if you need to.


A well-prepared babysitter will be highly respected and greatly
appreciated by parents.

Any sitter who takes these recommendations to heart will be in great demand.



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[ Introduction ] [ Pool Inspection for the Home buyer ] [ Pool Inspection FAQ ] [ Winter Inspection Information ]
[ Selling Your Home With A Pool ] [ Pricing & Sign-up Form] [ Safety ] [ Diving Do's & Don'ts ]
[ Emergency Help ] [ Pool Covers ] [ Maintenance ]
[ A Commentary by Stephen Toff ] [ Contact Us ]