We all realise the importance of being able to cope with minor cuts and injuries at home. Most parents will have had the experience of one of their kids falling and grazing knees or elbows. Similarly, few of us will have made it to adulthood without a minor cut that produces bleeding.
The trauma suffered in such minor accidents is negligible however we all want to be able to treat such injuries as quickly as possible and without much fuss. This is where a home first aid kit comes in handy.
A home first aid kit is like a mini emergency room for the home. The kit should be kept in an easy to reach and obvious location. It may not be you who uses it and it’s best to have it as accessible as possible. The kit should contain some scissors and creams and thus it should not be within reach of small children. Additionally, don’t confuse a first aid kit with a medicine cupboard. You don’t want to use it for storing medical supplies like tablets, pills or similar medications. Aim to keep your medications in a separate container and store it appropriately.
Many people may believe that they don’t need a formal first aid kit as they have all the supplies they need at home for such incidents however, typically such homes have supplies scattered throughout the house. The band-aids will be in one cupboard whilst bandages will be in another cupboard and the scissors will be somewhere else. It is then also easy to forget where we left the ointment or when the last time we used the tweezers was.
When an injury is encountered particularly that which involves bleeding, the last thing you want to be doing is running from cupboard to cupboard trying to find where you left the supplies.
Keeping a purpose made home first aid kit handy can solve all these problems. The first aid kit should be in stored in a designated location at all times when not in use and all members of the family should be aware of its location. In more serious situations (which can and do occur), such as deep cuts, immediate response can be crucial.
The first aid kit should be well-stocked and assembled to cover the usual household needs whilst taking into consideration the size of the family.
A typical home first aid kit will include the following items.
Sterile gauze pads
If you believe or discover later that you need to add additional items to the first aid kit you can do so. You may want to include specialised treatments for serious allergy reactions for a particular member of the family of they suffer from these.
Once you have stocked your first aid kit, check it regularly to ensure you have all the necessary materials you need. Check usage dates on creams and ointments and replace if they are coming close to their expiration date. Make it a regular feature for your shopping list that you check the contents and resupply as necessary.
The home first aid kit is a simple idea but has great importance. There have been thousands of events where quick access to a first aid kit has reduced the level of an injury. A good example would be where a person is bleeding heavily and you can apply a compress to stop the flow of blood long enough to get you to the emergency room.
If you don’t already have a first aid kit at home then make a determination now to get one within the next 24 hours. Whilst it seems an unnecessary requirement right now it makes all the difference when you do discover the need for it. Don’t risk your own or your family’s well-being and health with something that can be easily rectified. Having a first aid kit to hand at all times should be standard practice in every home.
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