Before you babysit for the first time at someone’s home, you should ensure that you have the following information:
- The quickest and safest way out of the property if a fire breaks out;
- The location of the door and window keys;
- Appropriate emergency contact numbers;
- The location of the nearest telephone outside of the house (payphone, trusted neighbour etc); and
- The full address of the property, including post code.
If you’re in a property with an open fire that has been lit, you should:
- Make sure there is a fireguard in place to protect from sparks and hot embers.
- Never leave a child alone in the room with a lit fire.
- Make sure that children don’t play too close to the fire.
If you have been given permission to smoke in the property, you should:
- Always make sure that cigarettes are completely out and cold before you empty the ashtray.
- Never leave matches or lighters where a child can reach them.
- Never leave ashtrays on upholstered furniture, as they could easily tip over.
- Never leave the kitchen when you have cooking on the stove.
- If you have to answer the door or telephone while cooking, turn the heat off.
- Make sure children can’t reach the pan handles.
If there’s a fire…
- Raise the alarm – don’t waste time investigating, get everyone up and out of the building.
- Call 999.
- Stay outside and wait for the Fire and Rescue Service.