Babysitters Emergency Information
10 Emergency Contacts Every Sitter Should Know
The telephone is still the fastest form of communication for most situations. Everyone is familiar with 911, and many have memorized the hot-line number for the National Poison Control Center, but there are other numbers that should be readily accessible to sitters and family members. Multiple copies of an emergency number list is recommended. If a sitter is injured or falls ill, it may be up to very young children to make an important call, so children should be schooled early on the use of the phone, and how to make an emergency call. Listed below are some numbers that should be on your emergency list.
- 911 – The joke is that people can’t remember the number for 911, but it shows up on almost every speed-dial application on today’s cell phones. This number is only to be used for actual emergencies, not to ask what temperature baby-formula is supposed to be.
- Parents of Sitter – Both the sitter and the family she is working for should have handy the number of the sitter’s parents. The babysitters parents can be a potential relay system if something goes wrong and messages need to be passed back and forth.
- Family of Children Sat – The cell phone numbers of both parents should be on the list, and parents should at least be able to let their phone “vibrate” wherever they are.
- Destination – The parents may be somewhere that their cell phones aren’t available or won’t function. It is important that the sitter have a contact number at the parents’ destination, or some other means to reach them.
- Neighbors – It is always good to have the numbers of the nearest neighbors. They can be there in a hurry, and they are a good source of information.
- Poison Control – 1-800-222-1222. If the sitter has any questions at all about something ingested by the children, he or she should not hesitate to call the national hotline. It doesn’t take any time at all for a toddler or young child to get into serious trouble, and there are all kinds of potential poisons in almost every household.
- Doctor – The number of the family doctor or health-care provider should be on the list. If a child suddenly gets sick , and the sitter is unable to reach the parents, there may be help available through this number.
- Dentist – Chipped teeth or cavity flare-ups are not an uncommon occurrence, and it may be necessary for a sitter to speak with a dentist in an emergency.
- Insurance – Health or medical insurance providers may need to be contacted in the event of injury, and it may be the babysitter who has to make the call.
- Veterinarian – If something happens to one of the family pets, it could be the babysitter (and now the pet sitter) who has to handle the emergency.
Some of the numbers, such as 911, will remain constants, but it is important to keep other numbers up-to-date, as many of them will be subject to change.