Tips for stocking your First Aid Kit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Tips on putting together your First Aid Kit” font_container=”tag:h1|font_size:36|text_align:center|color:%23000000″ google_fonts=”font_family:Droid%20Sans%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]Christmas has been and gone and if your children are anything like mine then now you start with the endless task of treating cuts, strains, sprains and bruises.  Here are our tips for your First Aid Kit, make sure yours is up to the job.

We know that a well stocked First Aid Kit is an important safety feature in every home. When was the last time you checked to make sure you were prepared?  Have you checked the expiry dates recently?

Take an afternoon to evaluate your family needs.  What injuries are most common for you and your family.  Make a list, then hit your local store. With just a little bit of planning, you’ll be ready to handle the minor bumps and mishaps of everyday life at a moment’s notice.

 

Be prepared

  1. INJURY

Can your First Aid Kit cope with everyday injuries include scrapes, cuts, splinters, burns, sprains and stings.

  1. INFECTION

Does your First Aid Kit address infections which may range from an inflamed wound to fever, a sore throat or the flu.

  1. ALLERGY

You’ll also want to be prepared for common allergic reactions such as the rash from poison oak and poison ivy, and itching and swelling from insect stings.

 

NOTE: It’s important that if anyone in your family has severe food allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma, you stock a backup of the appropriate medication. Mark each item within your First aid Kit with its expiration date and replace as needed. It’s a good idea to keep a separate checklist, which will make it easy to know when it’s time to replace that inhaler or EpiPen.

So how do you build a First-Aid Kit?

Grab a container such as a plastic storage tub, a tackle box or a tote bag with separate compartments. It should be easy to open, easy to carry, and have enough room for everything to be organized and recognizable at a glance.

Don’t Forget: those allergy medications we talked about or backup doses of any other vital medications your family members may need. You’ll also want to include a list of emergency phone numbers.

For a family of four to deal with common emergencies, you should have:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings
  • 25 adhesive plasters of assorted sizes
  • Micropore Tape
  • Antibiotic ointment and antiseptic wipes
  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • An instant cold compress
  • Non-latex gloves to be worn when dealing with blood or bodily fluids
  • Hydrocortisone ointment
  • A pair of scissors and a set of tweezers
  • A 3-inch and a 4-inch bandage
  • 10 sterile gauze pads (3 by 3 inches and 4 by 4 inches)
  • A thermometer (not glass and does not contain mercury)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • A good first-aid instruction booklet

 

Where do you keep your First Aid Kit?

Rather than in the bathroom, where humidity may affect the contents, keep your First Aid Kit in the kitchen.

It’s also wise to consider a version of this First Aid Kit for your car.

Finally, read through the first-aid instruction booklet on a regular basis. You don’t want to be holding a page open while you’re trying to bandage a sprained ankle!

 

For extra piece of mind.  Make sure you book on one of our First Aid Courses

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