Your Most Important Home Possession – The First Aid Kit

First aid boxDealing with scratches, grazes, bites and bruises can keep parents with young children busy, that’s for sure.

But knowing what to do when your child has a fall, or is burned, or suffers a seizure is only part of the puzzle when it comes to dealing with medical emergencies. While it’s possible to improvise, it’s best to have the right emergency items available where most accidents happen: in the home.

What to have in a first aid kit

Your first aid kit should be designed to deal with all the minor emergencies and injuries that may occur in your home. Cuts and grazes are the most common, so plasters and antiseptic creams are an obvious choice. Bandages, gauze, and cold packs will help with bruised limbs and possibly-broken bones. A good thermometer is needed to help monitor before, during, and after treatment. Other items that may not spring to mind straight away include:

  • Scissors
  • Latex gloves
  • Adhesive tape
  • Non-sticking dressings

It’s also a good idea to have a first aid guide in the first aid kit, as well as a CPR guide – though hopefully you’ll never need to use it.

Maintaining your first aid kit

There are a couple of things you should do to maintain your first aid kit to ensure it is always ready for use.

The first of these is to periodically check through it to make sure everything is there that should be. It’s amazing how small items go missing, and when the family knows where there is a readily available pair of scissors… well, need we say more? Keep a list of all first aid items in with your first aid kit, and check them off on a monthly basis.

Every time you use something, replace it! And check for expiry dates, too.

Finally, make time to review your first aid book. It’s surprising how quickly we forget what we thought we knew. Reminding yourself of the basics will help first aid come naturally when it’s most needed.

Creating and storing your first aid kit

Once you’ve decided exactly what you need in your first aid kit, you can create your own by buying all the items and storage box separately. We also supply a ready stocked paramedic endorsed home first aid kit, developed with the help of paramedics and designed to contain everything you’ll need to treat common injuries around the home.

Finally, always be prepared with first aid training and a fit-for-purpose first aid kit, stored in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children.