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Before the Job
Only take babysitting jobs from people you know or that have been referred to you by a friend.
When you discuss a babysitting job, find out what time the parents expect to be back and let them know if you have a curfew.
Discuss what you charge for babysitting.
Discuss how you will commute there, and back home safely.
Leave the name, number, address, and expected time of return of your employer with your parents.
During the Job
Know the name, address, and phone number of the parents' destination.
Know local emergency numbers, Poison Control Center, a neighbor, relative of the family, and the family doctor.
Have the full address and telephone number of where you are sitting near the phone.
Scope out the locations of all telephones in the house, in case of an emergency. Carry the cordless phone with you at all times.
Know how to work the locks in the house, and keep outside lights on.
Locate smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.
Ask about the children’s bedtimes, food allergies, and medications.
Find out what they are allowed to eat and drink, and when.
Get permission and instructions for using the DVD player, VCR, Stereo, TV, Computer and other appliances.
Don’t tie up the phone talking to your friends in case your employer calls, and do not invite friends over without your employee's permission.
If you are uneasy or suspicious about something you see or hear, call your employer, your parents, or the police.
After the Job
Tell your employer of anything unusual such as a strange call, noises, or a stranger at the door.
Call your parents to let them know if your employer is going to be later coming home.
Be sure you are escorted home.
If your employers are unreliable like always being late or sometimes intoxicated, then do not sit for them again.