First Aid Kit

First aid kits; something I hadn’t considered for quite a long time.  Then, I read an article about the newly revised classifications for first aid kits in the workplace and the items required.  Had me considering how current the first aid kits and other emergency supplies are in my own household.

First Aid Kit Locations

  • In your home
  • In your car
  • Know where the first aid kits are located at work
  • If you are traveling, consider having some basic supplies with you

Where to Obtain a First Aid Kit

  • Purchase from the Red Cross
  • Check with your local drug store
  • Make your own, based upon specific activities/needs (camping, hiking, boating)

Basic First Aid Kit for a family of four (recommended by the Red Cross)

  • 2 absorbent compress dressing (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Adhesive cloth tape (10 yards by 1 inch)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each) Note: include other pain medications as you desire
  • 1 space blanket
  • 1 breathing barrier (one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair non-latex gloves, size large
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • 1 elastic bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 elastic bandage (4 inches wide)
  • Oral thermometer (non mercury,nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • First aid instruction booklet (Do you remember your Boy/Gil scout training? Mine’s a bit rusty.)

Personalize Your First Aid Kit

  • Include personal medications, diabetic or other supplies if required
  • Include emergency medically related phone numbers (doctors, pharmacy, poison control)
  • Routinely check the kit to make sure items haven’t expired and replace those expired items
  • If including a flashlight, make sure the batteries are working; have some spares
  • You  might also want to include small bottles of alcohol and hydrogen peroxide

If you are preparing an emergency car kit, also include some food and water and sand or kitty litter for icy conditions along with car emergency items.

I know it’s time for me to check both the car and household kits to make sure everything is in order. Hope you will do the same.

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