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Miscellaneous Safety Tips
Water Safety during childcare
Danger lurks in water. Water in swimming pools, wading pools,
buckets, and toilets can be dangerous! Babysitters or nannies involved
in childcare should take special note.
- Drowning is a silent killer often no cry for help, no splash, and
in the matter of minutes, the child drowns. Drowning occurs quickly
- Half of all drowning victims who died in outside pools were
thought to be inside the house by the nanny caring for them.
- The most common victim of swimming pool drowning is a boy between
one and three years of age.
- The most common victim of a bucket drowning is a child/babies from
four months to two years left unattended.
There are clear rules about water safety for babysitters. Whenever
there is a child/babies and water:
- As a nanny, never accept responsibility for allowing children to
swim when you are babysitting. If parents have a pool, be sure all
access to pool is blocked.
- Never babysit babies/infants at a home with a pool unless you are
able to swim.
- Never accept responsibility for giving a child/infants a bath.
Instead, suggest to parents that you will wash child's hands and
face at bedtime.
- Never accept the responsibility for allowing children to play in a
wading pool when you are babysitting.
- Never Leave A Child Unattended Around Water.
Other things to take note during childcare:
- NEVER let children play in or near the street. This is especially
important because playing near the street could mean that a child
might dart into the street before you could catch them.
- NEVER let a child climb trees, skateboard or do other dangerous
activities, even if they do these things when their parents are
- NEVER light matches, fireworks or fires of any sort.
- NEVER allow more than four children-including the ones you are
watching-to gather in the yard. It is too hard to keep everyone
- ALWAYS lock the doors and close the curtains when you go inside.
- ALWAYS be cautious of stray dogs, strangers and groups of
teenagers who hang around.
Hand Washing Tips
- Wash before you eat.
- Use soap
- Dry your hands well and throw away used paper towels
- Wash after playing outside
- Wash after using the toilet, helping a child use the toilet, or
changing a diaper
- Wash after you sneeze or cough
- Wash after you play with pets
Balloons Can Be Dangerous
A balloon that is blown up is not dangerous. A deflated balloon or
pieces of a "popped" balloon are dangerous, because they are a choking
hazard. Food objects (hot dogs, candies, nuts, and grapes) causing
choking are much more common than non-food objects (toys, coins, pins,
and tacks), but balloons are the most common cause of death from
choking caused by a toy. Balloons are frequently given to children,
especially at parties and/or holidays. Young children explore by
putting things into their mouths. Choking may be caused by:
- Sucking a deflated balloon into the mouth while trying to blow up
- Chewing on a deflated balloon.
- Biting into a balloon which breaks into pieces.
Any of these can cause death by choking. The material that balloons
are made of makes the pieces especially hard to remove if they are
sucked into the throat. Normal first aid procedures such as the
Heimlich Maneuver are less likely to be successful than with other
objects, such as food. Babysitters can protect the child and prevent
tragedy if they follow these rules when babysitting.
- As a nanny, do not allow young children (infants, toddlers, and
pre-schoolers) to blow up or play with balloons
- Older children (school age) should be watched carefully when
playing with balloons.
- Pick up and immediately discard pieces of a popped balloon.
- Do not allow older children to chew or suck on balloons.
Well-prepared babysitters and nannies will be highly respected and
greatly appreciated by parents.
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