Advice for Caregivers

Fire Safety Tips for Babysitters & Nannies

by Martha Scully


As a caregiver it is your responsibility to know ways to prevent any accident from happening. Here are some fire safety tips:



  • Never smoke or use candles while babysitting. Ensure all matches and lighters are removed from reach and are put up very high, so children cannot see them.
  • Portable heaters should have a safety warning sound when touched. Make sure these heaters are at least 2 metres away from any fabrics and paper. Try and keep them far away from drapes and bedding.
  • Are there smoke detectors? Local fire departments often offer free services on supplying and installing.
  • Is there a fire extinguisher? Is it full? Do you know how to use it? If there is only one, it should be located in the kitchen.
  • Turn pot handles inward, and never leave food cooking unattended.
  • Never put metal in the Microwave
  • Have all emergency numbers posted on the fridge and on your cell phone. If it is a long list, simply take a picture of it.


Escape Plan:

  • Take a tour of the home. Know the exits.
  • Ask the parents if there is an escape plan. Do the children know it?
  • If the family lives in an apartment or condo ask where the stairs are…never take an elevator in case of a fire.


We know that occasional accidents can happen through no fault of your own.  Please remember to never, under any circumstances, re enter a burning building to rescue belongings.  Once you and the children are safely outside, stay outside until the fire department says it is okay to return to the home.

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.