Why you should always have a first aid kit at home

If you or someone you care about sustains and injury and you don’t have the right supplies on hand, it can become an extremely stressful situation for all involved. Having a first aid kit at your home can prevent this from happening and reduces unnecessary risk to the person with the injury.

The importance of having a first aid kit in the home

A first aid kit should be a non-negotiable for every household, injuries can happen to anyone at any time. Having a first aid kit allows you to deal with injuries and aliments that may occur at your home. It can be used to reduce the severity of an injury and decrease the risk of infection. A well-equipped first aid kit contains many different products. Obtaining a first aid certificate is not only a great way to gain knowledge on how to use the products correctly, but you could also save a life!

A first aid kit can give you peace of mind if a medical emergency were to arise. It can also be used to treat more serious injuries such as snake bites, bleeds and lacerations whilst waiting for an ambulance. It is vital to be prepared, stay calm and seek help urgently by calling 000 if an event like this was to occur.

In most cases, you won’t be using your first aid kit to save a life, you will be using it to make a person with an injury feel comfortable and safe by attending to their minor injuries and aliments. However, if you ever do find yourself in a situation where medical assistance is required, using basic knowledge and supplies found in your first aid kit, can minimise the effects of an injury. In some instances, this can be the difference between life and death.

Here are some first aid kit tips:

Tip 1. Have emergency medical supplies in your first aid kit

If an emergency situation happens at your home, you want to have the correct emergency supplies to be able to deal with it accordingly while waiting for help to arrive. Being prepared and applying proper first aid techniques with sterile first aid supplies, can increase the likelihood of a `best case’ scenario for the patient. It can prevent the injury from getting worse and reduces infection.

Tip 2. Store your first aid kit where it accessible to everyone in your home

Your first aid kit should have a specific place in the house that everyone is aware of. It should be easy to open in case an older child needs to access it. All of your supplies should be kept in the first aid box to avoid a scenario of someone being injured and not being able to find the products promptly. If everyone is aware of the location of the first aid kit, they can get to it quickly when need be.

Tip 3. Take your first aid kit when travelling if possible

If you have a camping trip planned, it is a smart idea to be prepared for any unforeseeable injuries that may occur. Taking your first aid kit in the car with you, allows you to be able to treat any injuries before seeking medical help if need be. If you are flying and not able to take the first aid kit in its entirety, you can make up a small kit including the basics to see you through.

Benefits of having a first aid kit at home

  • It can save lives. Possibly the most obvious reason to have a first aid kit at home is it allows you to act promptly. Many lives have been saved with fast action and aid given in critical accidents.
  • It reduces infections. By applying sterile first aid products to an injury, you can reduce the likelihood of infection.
  • You can stop excessive bleeding. By using adequate supplies in your first aid kit you can stop excessive blood loss. This can buy your patient precious time before professional help becomes available.
  • It can lessen recovery time. Applying proper first aid with the correct products can lessen the impact of the injury and reduce the recovery time.
  • It allows you to provide medical attention to prevent the situation getting any worse before medical help arrives.

What should I have in my first aid kit?

A standard first aid kit should contain:

  • Crepe bandages in different widths
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Disposable gloves
  • Antiseptic Cream/Spray
  • Gauze swabs
  • Stainless steel scissors
  • Band-Aids
  • Tweezers
  • First aid booklet
  • Thermal blanket
  • Safety pins
  • Skin tape
  • Eye pads
  • Saline sachets
  • Disposable resuscitation face shield
  • Dressing pads in various sizes
  • Pen and notepad
  • Stop itch cream

The expiry date on all products and supplies should be checked regularly and replaced accordingly.

Having a first aid kit in your home can make all the difference when its needed most. We believe each home should be equipped with a basic first aid kit. You cannot always anticipate when injuries will occur, but you can protect yourself and the ones you care about with a first aid kit. For any further information, give our friendly team here at The First Aid Shop a call today, we are more than happy to help. If you want to take your First Aid response to the next level, visit Paradise First Aid for First Aid Training and CPR Courses.

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