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Babysitters' Fire Safety Tips


Taking care of children is serious business, and preventing fires and knowing what to do in a fire emergency are part of the job.

An Escape Plan
Ask the adults who hired you about the household's plan for escaping a fire. You'll find out what they expect you to do, and you'll be reminding them to plan ahead for fire emergencies.

Stay with the kids
Supervise the children when they're awake and check on them often when they're in bed. Once they're in bed. Once they're sound asleep, stay close enough to hear them if they wake up.

Basic Precautions

If There's a Fire
Your first job is to get yourself and the children outside. Give the fire department the exact address of the fire and stay on the phone until they tell you it's okay to hang up. Then call the adults who hired you.

Escape Tips

Kneel down, then reach up as high as you can and touch the door - at the knob and around the frame with the back of your hand.

If the door's cool, open it with caution. If it's warm, try another escape route.

If You Can't Get to the Children
If smoke or flames are blocking the way to the children's bedrooms, leave the building and call the fire department from a neighbor's home or a portable phone. Tell them where the children are trapped.

Emergency Information
Ask an adult to give you the following information and put it in your pocket so you'll have it in an emergency.

Emergency Phone Numbers:

Full Address Where You Are Babysitting:

Fire & Rescue Department

Safety Tips