Local Fire Department Hosts Safe Sitter Program for Teenagers

Local Fire Department Hosts Safe Sitter Program for Teenagers

January 03 2024

Do you feel comfortable leaving your young teen home alone, even for short periods of time? Are you ready for your young teen to start watching his younger siblings but you aren’t sure if he’s ready? Do you have a Girl Scout or Boy Scout that needs to earn their Babysitting Badge and/or First Aid Badge?

Say hello to Safe Sitter presented by Harris County ESD No. 48 Fire Department, the ultimate class to prepare your child for anything! From CPR manikins to fun games and sharing experiences, this class is anything but snooze-worthy. Graduating Safe Sitters will learn everything they need to know to tackle any child-related challenge with confidence, covering the following skill sets:

  • Safety Skills: Students learn how to prevent unsafe situations and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies.
  • Child Care Skills: Students learn tips to manage behavior that will help them stay in control of themselves and the children in their care. Students also learn the ages and stages of child development, as well as practice diapering.
  • First Aid and Rescue Skills: Learning skills such as choking rescue and Car is often students' favorite part of the class. Students also learn a system to help them assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.
  • Life and Business Skills: The ability to screen jobs, discuss fees, and greet employers will set students up for success now and in the future. Students practice these skills through various role plays.
Previous Safe Sitter Class graduates. (Source: HCESD48)
The first Safe Sitter class of 2024 will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, with one class held each month throughout the year except for May, July and December. To register your child for a FREE Safe Sitter class, simply fill out the Student Registration form here and email it to babysitting@hcesd48.org with your preferred class date. Remember, class spots are limited, so submit your form as soon as possible to secure your child's spot!

Harris County ESD No. 48 Fire Department's response area spans 45 square miles across the western portion of unincorporated Harris County. The general boundaries are Katy-Fort Bend Road to the west, Clay Road to the north, Westheimer Parkway to the south, and Barker Road to the east. Their fire responders are responsible for portions of Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway, creeks to the north and south of I-10, multiple mid-rise buildings, approximately 150,000 residents in subdivisions, numerous apartment complexes, more than 20 Katy ISD schools (elementary through high school), and many commercial businesses of all sizes. They provide service from four fire stations strategically placed throughout the territory they serve. To learn more about Harris County ESD No. 48 Fire Department, please visit hcesd48.org

Source: HCESD48

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