Message from the Chief – Babysitting

October 21, 2022

The Fire Chief would like remind you of Babysitting Safety.

Having a babysitter can give you peace of mind.  It allows you to leave your child with someone you trust.  Be sure your babysitter knows about fire safety.  Be sure your babysitter knows what to do if there is a fire.

Show the babysitter your home escape plan and make sure the babysitter understands:

  • Two ways out of every room.
  • Where the outdoor meeting place is located.
  • The fire department or emergency phone number. – 911
  • Be sure the babysitter knows the address of the home
  • How to unlock all doors and windows.

If you allow your babysitter to cook, make sure the babysitter:

  • Keeps your child at least 3 feet away from the stove.
  • Keeps your child at least 3 feet away from the microwave oven.
  • Never leaves the room while cooking.
  • Keeps anything that can catch fire away from the stovetop.
  • Keeps pets off surfaces and countertops.

If the smoke alarm sounds make sure your babysitter knows to:

  • Get out of the home quickly with your child to safety.
  • Use the second way out if smoke is in the way.
  • Get low and go under the smoke to the exit if an escape must be made through smoke.

Store matches and lighters out of your child’s reach. Candles should not be used by your babysitter. Make sure your babysitter keeps a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around space heaters.

Remember to always leave the phone number where you can be reached.

NOTE: The Halloween ‘Rag-a-Muffin’ Parade is yearly sponsored by the Village Recreation Department and the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department.  The Parade will be held on Saturday, October 30th.  It will begin at 9:30am, with children in costume marching down Pleasantville Road from the Operating Engineers Building just north of Popular Road to the Firehouse.  The Halloween Parade concludes with entertainment.  A light snack and a treats will be provided to all participants.