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Babysitting Safety Tips

Parents

  • Never leave children alone if they are not capable of taking care of themselves.
  • Know your baby-sitter: choose a person who has a sense of responsibility, a liking for children, and, if possible, who lives in the same neighbourhood.
  • Review these guidelines with your babysitter.
  • Leave both written and oral instructions with your baby-sitter, including:
    • where you will be, how you can be contacted (exact address, phone number) and when you will return;
    • the name, address and phone number of a responsible neighbour to be contacted in an emergency;
    • the complete address of your residence;
    • where the exits are located;
    • where the phone is located;
    • how to call the fire department, police, or a doctor in an emergency;
  • Provide your baby-sitter with a flashlight in case there is a power failure.

Babysitters

Remember -- Your first responsibility is the children!!

  • If you smell smoke or gas, take the children immediately to a safe location outside the building.
  • Never waste time dressing the children--a blanket will do, even in cold weather.
  • Do not turn on any switches as this may cause a spark and an explosion.
  • NEVER go back into a burning building for any reason whatsoever. Smoke and gas are dangerous, even from a very small fire.
  • Have a neighbour call the Fire Department.

Remember -- Take the children to a safe location outside the building!!

Source: Office of the Fire Marshall (Ontario).

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