TBD Must-Know: How To Set Up An Emergency First-Aid Kit
Medical emergencies come unannounced, so naturally a first-aid kit is one of the most essential items of any household. Having a properly stocked up kit within easy reach is one of the basic ways to be prepared for any emergency, big or small. Yes, medical kits are available in the market but an ideal kit would be personally customized according to the needs of every member of the family. Plus, why should you blow up money on a thing can easily be set up at home! So, read these easy steps about how to set up a first-aid kit, and get started.
- Empty first-aid containers are available in the market but you can easily look around and find one at home. Basically, a roomy, water-resistant and a preferably translucent box can make up for a perfect first-aid kit. Ensure that the container you choose is portable, with an effective closure system. And yes, irrespective of the box you choose, remember to write the words ‘FIRST-AID' in bold letters in multiple places over the box.
- The place you choose for your first-aid kit plays as an important role; nobody wants to ruffle through an entire closet to find it when in an emergency. Keep it in a spot where it is easily visible and is out of reach of small children. Placing it in the bathroom may not be a wise idea as the humidity shortens the shelf-life of items.
- Inform everyone about the spot, and instruct them that the box should return to the same spot after every use. Teach the importance of the kit to your kids, so that they can inform a visitor about it when in need.
- Fill your chosen box with essentials like:
- Different types and sizes of bandages
- A pair of scissors and tweezers
- A pair of gloves
- A roll of cotton
- Cleansing wipes
- A bottle of hand sanitizer
- General medicines and ointments, including pain relievers
- Any special family medications
- Use zip closure bags to separate your bandages and liquid items from medicines. Remember to label each bag.
- Keep your kit up-to-date, lest it fails to serve the basic purpose of helping in an emergency. Keep checking your kit from time to time to refill empty bandage pouches or replace expired medicines and ointments.
- Always have a compact travel kit in your car. Along with this kit, you also need to carry a few other essential items like a flashlight and written records of important phone numbers. Don't always rely on your mobile phone!
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