• Instruct the babysitter not to hesitate to call an ambulance or the police if the sitter believes an injury is severe.
  • The babysitter should know how to contact the police or fire department if the sitter suspects an intruder or a fire.
  • In case of a fire, instruct the babysitter to evacuate with all children first, then call the fire department from a neighbor’s home.
  • Point out emergency fire exits, chain and rope ladders, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms.
  • In case an ambulance is needed, let the babysitter know which hospital you prefer for your child.
  • Tell the babysitter where first-aid supplies are located.

Since emergencies can happen in the home at any time, your child should be taught how to react accordingly.

  • In any emergency, teach your child to alert the parent or adult who is in charge.
  • Teach your child 911 or the emergency phone numbers of the local police department, fire department and ambulance service. Also, teach your child to dial the emergency phone number only in situations where an adult has been injured or is unconscious and cannot physically dial the phone for themselves.
  • Teach your child her name, street address and phone number for identification purposes in an emergency.
When your child is able to read, write the emergency phone numbers, your street address and home phone number on a note next to the phone. In an emergency, your child can call emergency numbers and should be prepared to read the following information:

My name is                     ______________________________
I live at                             ______________________________
My phone number is    ______________________________
We have an emergency.”
The emergency response professional will be able to request additional information.