During the summer, you might find yourself having a home full of children. They all might not be your children, but you’re still responsible for what happens to them. Avoiding accidents and paying mind to basic safety tips can make summertime more enjoyable for everyone. When babysitting extra kids, keep these basic tips in mind to prevent chaos.
Locate First Aid Supplies
You should always know where you first aid kit is, and it should also always be stocked. In addition to having bandages, antibiotic cream and other essentials, it’s important that you know how to use the supplies. Purchase a basic home safety book is beneficial, because if you have a kid that has hit his/her head or one that has a severe cut, you will know how to properly deal with them.
Planning activities for the children can help prevent accidents, because you can suggest less dangerous activities. Plus, keeping them busy can prevent the children from playing with things that they shouldn’t touch. Here are some fun ideas: run in the sprinkler, color the driveway with chalk, finger paint, take a walk, play a sport (kickball, basketball, etc.).
Supervise at All Times
Kids are fast movers. They might be upstairs one minute and then the next they might decide to go outside. It helps if you remind the kids to tell you where they’re going next, but it’s easy for them to forget when they’re involved with their friends. Even though you might have to prepare food and snacks, try to keep your eyes on them and check how they’re doing often…it’s usually when you’re back is turned that something bad happens.
Along with keeping the children safe from dangers, you also have to remember basic home safety too. If you’re in the backyard playing, make sure the front doors are locked. By minding these babysitting safety tips, you can create a fun, safe environment for you children and neighborhood kids.