Your First Aid Kit List for Winter

Your First Aid Kit List for Winter / Kids First Aid

Safety challenges

We tend to think of the winter months as a period of hibernation where we prefer to stay indoors. And while that’s true, we still like to be out and about and with that comes a few safety challenges for you and your family, especially your little ones. So it’s wise to stay vigilant. This is why we have prepared your first aid kit list for winter.

What to teach your kids

There are also factors to consider while you and your family cosy up indoors. Teach your children how to stay safe around heat sources. Knowing how to treat burns, scalding and other heat related injuries can not only save a life, but also minimise scarring and shorten the healing process. We teach how to treat burns in our first aid courses here.

Here are a few other scenarios to consider when thinking about your first aid kit list for winter:

Home fires

The statistics show house fires are more prevalent in winter than summer. An insurance company found that when it analysed its home claims from 2011 to 2016 fires across the country spike during winter – increasing by 23 per cent compared to autumn. Common causes include embers escaping from open fire places, and faulty electric blankets and heaters. Its research found people leave electric blankets on overnight and leaving open flames unattended, even for a minute or two. After attending one of our first aid courses, you’ll be able to show your children how to escape a fire by making the easiest exits obvious, and showing them how to avoid smoke inhalation and what to do in case someone does get a burn.

Out in the great outdoors

You may decide to take your family on a skiing holiday or go on a bushwalk. While it is unlikely to occur, would you know what to do if for some reason you and your kids got lost or waylaid in the cold? An extended period outside could result in frostbite or if you were in the water hypothermia. Learning the reasons why it is unwise to rub the frostbitten area and what to do instead, and when to offer warm drinks and dry clothing to hypothermia sufferers is covered in our courses.

Common injuries

Your kids could break their arm, finger or leg, suffer a sprain or strain as it’s easy to slip and fall when it’s cold, wet and slippery out there. Here in this earlier blog we discuss what to do should that happen to your child.

It is always good to have visual reminders around the home also when emergencies happen. So here you will find a free poster which is a potentially lifesaving resource for you and your family – put together by our team of trained paramedics. It’s called Dr ABC and shows you how to first respond should an emergency occur.

Your first aid kit list in winter would be greatly enhanced by doing a kid’s first aid course so that no matter what happens you’ll be prepared.