Do you keep a first aid kit handy at home? If so, what's in it and where do you keep it?
Being prepared for an emergency is something no one wants to think about or think that want happen to me, but the truth of the matter is, bad things happen to all of us at one time or another. Be prepared with a fully stocked, ready to use first aid kit and let everyone know where it is stored. Perhaps you should also keep one in your car. I keep one here in my home here in Waxhaw. NC under the bathroom sink and one in my car.
As a basic minimum the first aid kit should contain the following:
- C – used to clean wounds but also to clean hands when water is not available.
- – to secure bandages.
- – for dressings and for cleaning around wounds.
- s – blunt-edged.
- – helps to protect against shock or to keep a casualty warm.
- – in case the electricity goes or it is dark outside.
- – to attract attention if an emergency happens outdoors.
- – not to be placed directly over an open wound but as an absorbent layer over the dressing.
- in a variety of sizes – there should be a mixture of waterproof and hypoallergenic plasters. These are generally used for small cuts and grazes.
- – various sizes of a dressing pad attached to a roller bandage. These must be kept in protective wrapping to ensure the contents remain sterile. These may have a best before the date so should be checked on a regular basis. The packaging should also be examined for damage and if damaged should be replaced.
- – some firms are required by law to also carry eyewashes.
- – these are designed not for dressings but to give support to injured joints, secure dressings, or to limit swelling. They can be elasticized or crepe.
- – these can be sterile or non-sterile. The sterile ones will come in individual packaging and can be used on open wounds or burns. The non-sterile ones are commonly used as slings.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and stay safe.