Incidents, especially those unpleasant, are hardly expected, but being prepared to deal with them is all we can do minimize their impact. Accidents and medical emergencies are occurrences which many of us don’t like to anticipate. It is best to equip ourselves with necessary remediation to deal with any kind of situation. Injuries can happen at any time, anywhere and to anyone while carrying out the simplest of day to day tasks. It is always better to be forearmed with a first aid kit to counteract any kind of emergency.
If you have decided to own a kit, you can do it in two ways, either buy a ready-to-use one from retailers or assemble your customized kit. What ever be the case, the question remains, what all should its contents be. Deciding what to and what not to include depends on the need and the number of people the kit caters to. It is important to pay attention to the details of what goes into it. After all, it may save a life someday!
In every kit, it is mandatory to have a first aid manual so that you do not go wrong while treating an injury. Every kit must have necessities like adhesive tape, bandages, safety pins, gloves, antiseptic wipes, saline, thermometer, ointment for burn and a torch. Not just that, some kits even include medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, paracetamol and codeine. The first aid box should always be marked appropriately in order to ensure easy identification in a situation of an emergency. Most are required to have a green rectangle with a white cross on it. Older children should be trained on how to use the basic aids in the kit. The contents of the kit such as those of the ones above would serve the purpose of a home first aid, but a specialized kit would be required for environments that pose higher risks. For such, you should have specific aids packed in your kit.
For sports enthusiasts, a first aid kit is a must-have because injuries might take place at any time. The kits content may differ depending on the type of sport. Outdoor sport players should have additional water supplies and sunscreen packed. Cut and abrasions are highly expected among baseball and softball players, so bandages and ice packs cannot be left out in their first aid box. A good first aid kit must have contents to tackle three most important aspects during an injury which are airway, breathing and circulation. Some of the more advanced kits contain air masks and face shields.
Now, I hope you have a clear idea of what all needs to be included in your first aid box, whether you buy or make it. There are few more things to be taken into account, when you think of safety.
• Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.
• Make sure that the kit you buy is ISO compliant.
• Keep the kit within easy reach.
• Place it out of your childrens’ reach.
• Remember to restock it from time to time.
Follow the above tips and stay safe!