It is best to always be prepared in life, especially when you are taking care of someone else’s children. You need to be aware of your surroundings and know what to do in the case of an emergency and how to prevent them from happening. Here are 10 safety precautions you should know as an au pair:
- Basic First Aid: First thing you need to know is where the first aid kit is or where you can get supplies needed for minor injuries. Be cautious when applying first aid and follow the directions.
- CPR and Heimlich: This is very important and most likely families will not hire you if you do not know how to perform CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. Knowing both of these safety precautions could potentially save a child’s life.
- Fire Safety: Get to know your family’s home by learning about their local fire department and to do in an emergency. Know the basics of stop drop and roll. Create a safety exit route out of the home in case of a fire and know how to use a fire ladder if needed.
- Stranger Danger: Unfortunately, children can’t run around the neighborhood like they used too. As an au pair be aware of where the child is at times and teach them what to say if they come into a situation where a stranger approaches them.
- Water Safety: As an au pair, you spend a lot of your summers with the children at the pool. You cannot rely on the pool’s lifeguards a 100%. Keep an eye on the pool at all times and teach the kids rules on no running, wearing proper swimming aids and to stay away from the deep end if needed.
- Car Safety: You are now responsible for the children’s life when you start that engine to the car. Make sure everyone is buckled up correctly and securely. Mind all traffic regulations and rules and drive carefully.
- Home Safety: All doors and windows should remain locked throughout the day and evening. Do not trust strangers and set the home alarm when away and in the evenings.
- Medical History: Get the medical history of the children as well as any medications that the children need on a daily basis or medications that are needed in an emergency situation. Also request a backup to that medication and special instructions on what to do, just in case.
- Food Allergies: This is very important when cooking and feeding the children in the beginning. Get a list of food allergies and foods they cannot have. Be aware of common food allergies like peanut and fish allergies.
- Emergency Contact: Have an emergency contact list posted near each phone. That list should include the parents, close family members and doctor phone numbers as well as the 911. Know where to find this list and keep one in your phone at all times.
Prepare for anything that life throws at you and the children. When in doubt always call 911 for assistance, remain calm and listen for directions.