Preparing babysitters for holiday duties

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(NBC News Channel) - An important reminder for those of us using babysitters this holiday season.

Researchers from the University of Michigan say many parents fail to prepare sitters for a potential injury or emergency.

In fact, less than half of parents of young children said they posted emergency contact information for babysitters.

Experts say parents should always go over basic safety information, whether they will be gone all day or just a few hours.

Parents who lived more than 15 minutes from an E.R. were less likely to post key contact information than those who lived closer.