Stocking a First Aid Kit

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    Minor accidents and injuries can occur but with basic preparation it is easier to handle the situation. Here are a few ideas to help you and your family be prepared:

  1. Make a list of items/products to keep in a first aid kit including aspirin, acetaminophen, anti-inch lotion, bandages, decongestants, gauzes, scissors, thermometors, tweezers. Keep a list and replace items semi-annually or annually.
  2. Decide on a safe location for the first aid kit. It should be kept from heat and moisture such as a bathroom cabinet. Also, it should be from a cold source such as near the refrigerator. 
  3. Purchase a first aid manual. It should include an index/category of various common ailments/injuries and basic treatments for burns, bruises, cuts, and wounds. Likewise, it should include visual aids/diagrams.
  4. Inform any adults/child care providers for the location for the first aid kit so he/she is not searching for it during an emergency. Also, if your have a long-term visitor he/she should be made aware of where you keep the first aid kit.
  5. Follow the recommended instructions for each item to prevent misuse. For instance, if the aspirin suggests 2 tablets per 6 hours then speak with your health care provider/doctor before making an adjustment.

After a move, update your list of new health care providers/pharmacy.

Perform a yearly check to replace any expired items.

Call 911/your health provider for emergencies such as severe bleeding, uncontrolable bleeding, broken bones.

Make sure it is easy to locate your home (lighting/numbering) if an emergency vehicle must come to your home. Some people do not realize that locating your home is critical and can cost time in a rescue effort.

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