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Are First-Aid Kits Important?

Are First-Aid Kits Important?

What should I keep in my first aid kit?

It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.

Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.

SOURCE: UK National Health Service

Where should I keep my first aid kit?

In an emergency, you want the kit to be easily accessible. Keep one first aid kit in your home in a central location, stored out of your children’s reach. Make sure babysitters and caregivers know where your first aid kit is located. A second kit should be kept in your car in case an accident occurs.

It’s a good idea to have an additional first aid kit that you can take with you while travelling. Depending on the contents, flight restrictions may require it to be stored in checked luggage when flying. Be sure to pack any medications that might not be available if you’re planning a trip out of the country. You can also bring the kit along to sports practices and games and outdoor activities like camping, hiking, or boating.

SOURCE: Performance Health

How many first aid kits should I have?

First aid kits should be readily available in case of an emergency. How many kits you’ll need depends on your lifestyle. You should keep at least one first aid kit in your apartment, condo, or house and one in your car. You should also keep a first aid kit in your vacation home or boat. You may want to also keep a small kit in your desk at work. A travel kit can be packed in a suitcase, stored in a backpack while hiking, or taken with you anywhere else you go.

SOURCE: Performance Health

List of 16 First Aid Kit Household Content

You can buy all items for your first aid kits at a well-stocked drug store. Ask the pharmacist for help in selecting items.

Home kit contents: A household first aid kit should include these 16 items.

  1. Adhesive tape
  2. Anesthetic spray (Bactine) or lotion (Calamine, Campho-Phenique) - for itching rashes and insect bites
  3. 4" x 4" sterile gauze pads - for covering and cleaning wounds, as a soft eye patch
  4. 2", 3", and 4" Ace bandages - for wrapping sprained or strained joints, for wrapping gauze on to wounds, for wrapping on splints
  5. Adhesive bandages (all sizes)
  6. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) - oral antihistamine for allergic reactions, itching rashes. Avoid topical antihistamine creams because they may worsen the rash in some people.
  7. Exam gloves - for infection protection, and can be made into ice packs if filled with water and frozen
  8. Polysporin antibiotic cream - to apply to simple wounds
  9. Nonadhesive pads (Telfa) - for covering wounds and burns
  10. Pocket mask for CPR
  11. Resealable oven bag - as a container for contaminated articles, can become an ice pack
  12. Safety pins (large and small) - for splinter removal and for securing triangular bandage sling
  13. Scissors
  14. Triangular bandage - as a sling, towel, tourniquet
  15. Tweezers - for splinter or stinger or tick removal
  16. In case of a medical or trauma related emergency, a list of family member's medical history, medications, doctors, insurance company, and contact persons should be readily available.

List of 4 Small First Aid Kit Home Content

Try to keep your first aid kit small and simple. Stock it with multi-use items. Almost anything that provides good visibility of contents can be used for a household first aid kit.

  1. If your kit will be on the move, a water-resistant, drop-proof container is best.
  2. Inexpensive nylon bags, personal kits, fanny packs, or make-up cases serve very well.
  3. You do not need to spend a lot of money on a fancy "medical bag." Use resealable sandwich or oven bags to group and compartmentalize items.
  4. Put wound supplies in one bag and medications in another.

SOURCE: eMedicine Health

While you could create your own first aid kit and fill it with the items from above, purchasing a pre-filled first aid kit saves you time. You can add additional items to customize the kit to your needs and ensure you include everything from the list above.

SOURCE: Performance Health

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