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Lodi Police Department
215 W. Elm Street
Lodi, CA 95240
Phone:(209) 333-6727
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Babysitting safety

GETTING THE JOB

Know the employer

  •  Know the return time
  •  Leave the name, address, and phone number of your location with your parents

ON THE JOB

Safety Check of the House

  • Emergency Exits
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Emergency phone numbers posted (Police, Fire, and Doctor)
  • Know the fire exit plan

Become Familiar with the House

  • Doors and window locks
  • Lighting

Telephone and House Demeanor

  • Do not admit you are alone
  • Explain residents are unavailable
  • Take any messages (keep paper and pencil handy)
  • Do not open the door to strangers

Daytime Safety Rules

  • Lock doors when outside with children
  • Keep house key with you
  • Use house restroom before leaving the home to avoid public restrooms
  • Don’t talk to strangers
  • If you are followed, go to a house or business and call the police
  • Upon returning home, check the house for anything unusual. If you see anything unusual, such as: an open or broken window or a strange vehicle in front of the house - DO NOT GO IN - CALL THE POLICE.

Know the House Rules

  • Always ask about the rules set for the children you are watching
  • Friends allowed in the house
  • Homework
  • Medications and/or any medical conditions of the children
  • Eating times and what foods to avoid, if any

In An Emergency

  • CALL 9-1-1
  • REMAIN CALM

WHEN THE JOB IS OVER

  • Give a full report to your employer
  • Call home
  • Be sure you have a ride home
  • If the employer is unable to escort you home, (i.e. intoxicated), call your parents
  • Be sure and talk to your parents about your experiences babysitting

Click here for printable Babysitting Checklist

 

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