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Safe babysitting—guidelines for teens

separator Babysitting is a common way for teens to make money during the summer. To avoid heartbreak and danger, be sure to follow these guidelines:
  • Always make sure there’s a number available where you can reach the children’s parents.

  • If the children are taking medications, ask the parents to write down the dose and the time.

  • In general, it’s not a great idea to have guests while you’re babysitting. If you do, ask the parents if it’s okay.

  • Make sure doors and windows are locked.

  • Don’t leave a child alone in the bathtub, even for a second. If the telephone rings while the child is in the tub, don’t answer it.

  • In case you have to call 911, make sure you know the address where you’re babysitting, and be able to give a clear explanation of the problem.

  • If there’s a pool at the home, make sure the children stay away from it.

  • With the children’s parents, plan quick escape routes in case of fire.

  • Find out whether the children are allergic to anything and whether they’re allowed to eat anything before bed.

  • Don’t leave the children alone while they’re in your care.

Sources: American Academy of Dermatology; American Academy of Pediatrics; American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons; American Camping Association; American Red Cross; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; K. Handal, The American Red Cross. First Aid and Safety Book. Little, Brown and Company, 1992; Marion County Children’s Services; Medical College of Wisconsin; National Highway Transportation Administration; The National Institutes of Health; National Safe Kids Foundation; The National Safety Council; Students Against Destructive Decisions; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
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