Tips for Babysitters
Sheriff Fontoura Recommends Tips for Babysitters

When babysitting, you are entrusted with a child’s life and your responsibilities are the needs of the children and their safety.

  • Prior to starting your babysitting job, prepare a written list that includes the family name, the children’s names, house address, and telephone numbers on where to contact the parents, closest relatives and neighbors and family doctor.
  • In the event of an emergency, CALL 911.
  • Identify yourself by name, tell the police where you are and tell them about your problem.
  • Make a plan on how to get everyone out of the house or apartment in case of fire.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked from the inside after the parents leave.
  • If it is evening, turn on the porch or outside light.
  • If the children are asleep, check on them every 15 minutes.
  • If the children are awake, know their location at all times.
  • 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 who you do not know insists upon entering the house or if you suspect a prowler, CALL 911.