Emergency?! – Must Haves for your First Aid Kit

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A well-stocked first-aid kit, that is easily accessible, is a must for every home. Having the right supplies ahead of time will help you handle an emergency quickly and efficiently.

Though ready-made first-aid kits are available off the shelf, it is a great idea to put one together. You can keep these kits in your home, car and take it with you when you travel as well.

First-Aid Kit – Things to Remember

Keep all the items that belong in your first aid kit together in one place. You can keep them in a container and put it in a place (like a medicine cabinet) which everyone in the family knows and is easy to access. Use containers that are spacious, sturdy, easy to carry, lightweight and simple to open. It would be great to have boxes with multiple sections! Ensure that you check the kits regularly and replace missing items or anything that has expired.

Make sure to place a list of all the emergency phone numbers, including numbers for your doctor, local hospital, your address, emergency contacts in this box.

Customize your first aid kit to fit your family’s needs. For example, if someone is asthmatic, add an inhalator.

The items in the First-Aid kit need to be sterile in order to avoid infection. Bandages and cotton balls are packed and so are sterile. But do ensure that you sterilize other medial tools (like scissors, tweezers etc). You can use alcohol to sterilize or move the tool back and forth through a flame.

Read the first-aid manual so you know how to use what’s in your kits. It would be a great idea to review this with your children and teach children basic first-aid skills, if they are old enough.

What to put in your First-Aid Kit

The following items are a necessary part of any first-aid kit.

  1. First-Aid Guide – A small quick reference booklet or manual.
  2. All emergency numbers, your address, your contact numbers, numbers of your doctor and hospital.
  3. Tools
    1. A Pair of scissors
    2. Match-box or Lighter
    3. Tweezers – to remove foreign objects from wounds
    4. Thermometer
    5. Ice Pack and Hot pack
    6. Flashlight or Torch
  4. Materials
    1. A Pair of disposable Gloves
    2. Adhesive Bandages – in an assortment of sizes for any punctures, cuts, or minor scrapes
    3. Sterile Gauze Pads – for larger cuts, profuse bleeding, burns, and infections.
    4. A roll of adhesive surgical tape – For use with gauze pads.
    5. Crepe bandages with clips may be used for sprains and twists.
    6. Sterile cotton balls – for applying ointments and antiseptics, (Also include a sterile cloth for washing and dressing cuts and abrasions)
    7. Alcohol Swabs or Rubbing alcohol – for sterilization
    8. Soap and Hand Sanitizers
    9. A slightly large piece of cloth – for use as slings
  5. Medicines
    1. Antibacterial and antiseptic creams or ointments – for dressing to prevent infections on cuts and scrapes.
    2. Calamine Lotion – to relieve itching and scratching
    3. Sprain Relief Spray
    4. Antihistamines – for allergies (either tablets or syrups)
    5. Medicines that your physician prescribes for fever, pain, diarrhea, common cold and cough
    6. Antacids, Laxatives prescribed by your doctor.
  6. Good to Have
    1. Sunscreen
    2. Aloe Vera Gel
    3. Insect Repellent

Would you add anything else to this list? Let us know in the comments!

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