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Knock-knock - Who's there?

If you go and leave your baby-sitter with your child, they should know some basic safety rules. In fact, insist that they know them. These rules can be taught to your children as they grow, so that when they reach an age where you consider they can be left at home without supervision, they'll already know them.

Safety practices you should develop in your child are:
  • Keep all doors and windows locked.

  • Before opening the door, always find out who's there. Don't open the door to anyone until you're sure it's safe to do so. If someone you don't know tries to get in and won't go away, call the police.

  • Answer the phone with a simple hello. Don't give your name. If a caller asks your name, ask them who they were trying to reach.

  • If the caller asks "What number is this?", ask them what number they called.

  • Never let a caller know you are alone. Tell the caller your parents aren't able to come to the phone, and take a message.

  • Never give your address over the phone. Hang up straight away if you receive an obscene call, and notify the telephone company.

  • Keep a list of emergency numbers, including a reliable relative's or friend's, directly by the phone.