Randolph Township Fire
Department
Ironia Fire Company #4

Fire Safety Tips for Babysitters

Planning and Prevention are the keys to fire safety. Protect yourself and the children you're watching fire by taking simple precautions.

Plan Your Escape

Every household should have an escape plan. When you babysit, discuss what to do in case of fire with the adults in the household.

Be familiar with their home. learn all the exits and know how to unlock doors and windows. Know two waysout of each room, especially bedrooms.

All households should have a meeting place outside where everyone gathers after escapong afire. Have the adults show you the meeting place and don't confuse children by changing the plan.

Discuss the escape plan meeting place with the children. Make sure every child knows where to meet outside.

With an adult, complete a copy of the Emergency Information form on the back of this brochure and carry it in your pocket. Be sure you know the location of a neighbor who will be home. In case of fire, call the fire department from a neighbor's phone, portable phone, or alarm box.

         Put Away Matches and Lighters

Never smoke while babysitting. If you find matches, lighters, or other smoking materials, put them up high ( preferably in a locked cabinet ) where children can't see or reach the

             Give Space Heaters Space

Keep anything that can burn such as books, paper, and clothing at leat three feet ( one meter ) away from space heaters. And keep children away from portable heaters and space heaters, too.

                                                           Be Kitchen Wise

Cook only if you have permission from the adults in the household. Never leave cooking unattended. Set a timer to remind you to turn everything off.  "Enforce a kid-free zone" of at least three feet ( one meter ) around the cooking area. Turn pot handle in, pointing toward the center of the stove, to prevent spilling hot liquids

                                               Use Microwaves Safely

Never put anything into a microwave unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. Paper, glass, and microwave-proof earthenware are safe. in most cases, metals are not. Read and follow the instructions on all packaged microwave meals. Do not exceed recommended cooking times. If you are unsure of how to use the microwave, do not use it.   Keep children away from the microwave. Be careful when removing covers from microwave containers; escaping steam can cause severe burns. Test all foods before serving them to children.

 

 Never Leave Children Unattended

Surpervise children when they are awake and check on them often after they've gone to sleep, until you are sure they are sound asleep. Even then, make sure you can hear them when they wake up.

In Case Of Fire

Get Out! Stay Out! If you smell smoke, hear a smoke alarm, or see flames, get everybody out! Don't wait for any reason.

Crawl Low Under Smoke. If you encounter smoke while you are escaping a fire, use another exit route. If you must escape through the smoke, remember that heat and smoke rise, so clean air is near the floor. Crawl on your hands and knees, keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor. Make the children go first and you follow close behind.

Call 911. Take the chilren with you to a neighbor's home and call the fire department from there. Give the fire department the complete address of the fire and stay on the phone until you're told to hang up. Then call the children's parents.

Don't Go Back In. Watch children carefully while you're waiting for the fire department. Make sure no one goes back inside for any reason. Keep everyone a safe distance from the fire and out of the way of the firefighters.

If You Can't Get To The Children. If smoke or flames are blocking the way to the children's bedrooms, go straight to the neighbor's and call the fire department. Tell them that the children are trapped inside and where they are.

Emergency Tips

Stop, Drop, And Roll. If your clothing catches fire : Stop, don't run. Drop to the ground and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over until the fire goes out. Babysitters may have to help children do this. Pull the child to the ground and roll him or her over and over to smother the flames. Cool the burn with water and call 911.

Cool The Burn. The best first aid for burns is to run cool water over the burned area for 10 to 15 minutes. If a burn blisters or appears charred, get medical help immediately.

Emergency Information

Ask an adult to complete this form before leaving you alone with children. keep this form in your pocket so you'll have it with you in case of fire or other emergency.

FIRE:                           ______________________________________

POLICE:                      ______________________________________

POISON CONTROL: ______________________________________

DOCTOR( name) :       ______________________________________

                ( number):     ______________________________________

WHERE PARENTS CAN BE REACHED: ________________________________

PARENTS CELL PHONE #                ____________________________________

FULL ADDRESS WHERE YOU ARE BABYSITTING : __________________________________

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NEIGHBOR (name, address, and phone number ) : ________________________________________

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OTHER INSTRUCTIONS: ________________________________________________________________________________

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