First Aid Kits in the home – Top Tips

Almost everyone will need first aid supplies at some time. It is useful to have some basic first aid supplies on hand at home for minor injuries and in your workplace there should be at least one easily accessible first aid kit to adhere with health and safety guidelines. First aid supplies may be basic or comprehensive and what you need depends on the potential risk, your medical training and the distance from professional medical facilities. First aid supplies are available both online and from your local pharmacy.Home first aid supplies are usually used for treating minor traumatic injuries such as cuts and abrasions, burns and scalds, splinters and sprains.

Your home first aid kit should contain plasters in varying sizes, sterile bandages, gauze, and safety pins for the bandages, scissors, tweezers, sterilising wipes and eye wash. If you have children, you may want to include a non-mercury thermometer and an infant-friendly paracetamol suspension. Some people receive free basic first aid training as part of their training at work but if you have no prior experience, you can book yourself into a first aid course at your local family or health care centre. First aid supplies for travel need to be more comprehensive because a drug store may or may not be accessible. In addition to personal medical items, the supplies should contain items to help alleviate the common symptoms of illnesses and allergies including coughs, colds and hay fever. For this reason, if your first aid kit is going to be travelling around with you on holiday or long journeys, make sure that you have painkillers, antihistamines and an EpiPen if you or one of your family suffer from an allergy.

Try and have an up-to-date first aid supply stocked with multi-use items to save space and to ensure that everything is still in good condition when it needs to be used. If your kit will be on the move, you may want to choose a water-resistant case. There are several options of bags and cases to choose from depending on the size that you need, whether or not you will be travelling with your first aid kit and where it will be kept. Remember that if it is a first aid kit for your whole family to use, everybody should be aware of where it is kept and how to use the items inside as it might be you requiring the first aid one day.

For complete safety and hygiene pack and use barrier items such as latex gloves to protect yourself from the bodily fluids of others. Check the kit twice a year and replace expired drugs as well as any damaged items. You may find it useful to keep the number for your local GP inside your first aid kit and any details of ongoing medical conditions in your family and what is taken for them for quick reference in the case of an emergency.

At home it may seem practical to keep your first aid kit in your bathroom medical cabinet but as most accidents such as burns, cuts and slips happen in the kitchen, it is handiest to keep your first aid kit in your kitchen in a dry, secure place. When travelling, keep a small first aid kit in your car’s glove compartment and a more comprehensive one in a sturdy bag or box in your luggage. You may find that when you are travelling it is harder to get hold of medication you need, so make sure this is also in your first aid kit. You never know when an accident will happen so having a carefully planned first aid kit available at all times is worth its weight in gold.

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