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First Aid Kits – Be Prepared

Author: Andree Colgate
February 22, 2011

First aid kits should be an essential item found in every household and vehicle. Accidents happen when we least expect them – sometimes, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death. The most common types of accidents include cuts, burns, and insect bites.  Every first aid kit should include the following basic items: an assortment of bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, cotton swabs, eye drops, latex gloves, bottled water for cleaning wounds, and a first aid handbook. A large percentage of accidents happen in and around the home.  A first aid kit should be readily available both inside the home and when the family is outdoors.  It is important that each member of the family be familiar with the contents of the first aid kit and knows how to use them.

It is essential that first aid kits contain the proper supplies to meet each individual families needs.  All first aid kits should include prescription medications as well as non-prescription medications such as syrup of ipecac (used to induce vomiting if instructed by a poison control center), pain medications, antihistamines for itching and allergic reactions, and medicines for treating bee stings.  When putting together a first aid kit, you should consider the needs of each individual family member. It is very important to change the medications in the first aid kit periodically.  Most medications have an expiration date, which can be written down on a piece of paper and kept inside the first aid kit.

It is important to keep your basic first aid kit in your home, in your garage for outside emergencies, and in your vehicle for emergencies that may occur when you are traveling.  A first aid kit should also be a part of disaster preparedness.  When preparing for a natural disaster, it is a good idea to include at least a three-day supply of any prescription medications.  This should also include items such as glucose monitors and blood pressure monitors for family members that have diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you had an emergency in your home or vehicle today, would you be prepared? Most people don’t like to think about emergencies – and this often results in not being prepared for household accidents.  First aid kits are a must in households that have children.  Children can be very accident-prone and it is better to be prepared than caught unaware.  Don’t leave your family’s safety to chance – be sure your home and vehicle are equipped with a first aid kit today!



One Response to “First Aid Kits – Be Prepared”


  1. Julie Says:

    Yes, one first aid kit in the house and one in car has helped our family.



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