Guide for Teenagers Babysitting


  • Only baby-sit for parents/guardians you and your parents know and trust.
  • Make sure you have important phone numbers and instructions on how to care for the children written down.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked at all times.
  • DO NOT open the door for anyone unless you personally know the person.
  • If at nighttime, turn on the porch and outside lights.
  • If you must leave the house for any reason, take the kid(s) with you.
  • Have a mental fire drill plan. Develop more than one way out of the house in case of a fire.

In case of a fire:

  • Sound the alarm, yell FIRE as aloud as possible.
  • If safe, close the door to the area where the fire is.
  • Get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible.
  • Keep all the children together and go to a meeting point outside CALL 911

Put together a detailed notebook and include the following items:

  • Parent’s / Guardians names
  • Your home address
  • Parent’s home and cellular phone numbers


  • Name and phone number of family doctor/pediatrician
  • Name and phone numbers for neighbors and close relatives


  • Location of exits
  • Location of door keys
  • Location of first aid supplies
  • Food and drug allergies
  • Special medical information
  • Children’s bedtimes
  • Any food or drink to be given or not given to the children