The Must-Haves for a Well Stocked First Aid KitBy Child Safety Specialist Jun 2, 2010 | 11:05:00 amPosted in: Child Safety, Family, Home Security Tips
It never seems to fail – when one of our kids gets hurt we’re either scrambling to find the first aid items that we need or we’re searching for the first aid kit that we bought ages ago and shoved in the back of a closet somewhere.
With our kids out and about more in the summer months, it’s even more important to have a first aid kit at the ready and be certain that it’s stocked with the appropriate items. It doesn’t have to be a store-bought first aid kit either – any sturdy box with a handle will work. Where you keep it is more critical. Be sure that it’s stored somewhere that’s readily accessible to everyone and that the entire family is made aware of its location. Some great storage spots are in a hall closet, a kitchen drawer or even building a small shelf for it near the family room. If you have small children in the home it should be placed out of reach and the box should have a safety lock to prevent them from ingesting medicine by mistake.
Here are a few “must-haves” for your home first aid kit:
- Bandages in several sizes
- Medical adhesive tape
- Antibacterial cream
- Ice Pack/Heat Pack
- Pair of latex gloves
- Breathing barrier for performing CPR
- Antiseptic wipes
You should also create a first aid kit to keep in your car. In addition to the items above you should also have a blanket, a bottle of water and a flashlight. Also, keep a charged old cell phone that is no longer in use in the car. Even if you don’t have a cell phone plan it can be used to dial 911 if your primary phone’s battery is dead.
Consider making a smaller version of the kit that would include bandages, antibacterial cream, wipes, tweezers, antihistamine and the breathing barrier to keep in your bag when visiting the beach, playground or amusement park.
It’s always important that emergency medical personnel have complete information about you or your family members immediately and that any caregiver have the proper authority to seek medical attention for your child. A great product is the Travel Stix from Forms4Travel (www.forms4travel.com) These are state-of-the art flash drives that can be kept in your First Aid kit at home and in the car which will securely store all of your family’s medical history and the legal authorization for a babysitter or other caregiver to seek medical assistance.
And, check your first aid kits occasionally to be sure that the medicines have not been recalled. While having a well-stocked first aid kit is vital, it’s also important that you and your caregivers be certified in CPR and first aid and re-certify as necessary.
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