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4 Tips for Creating a Well-Stocked First Aid Kit for Your Home

You want your home to be as safe as possible. Despite the fact that you have taken as many precautions as possible, accidents and medical emergencies happen in homes every day. That is why it is so important to keep a well-stocked first aid kit in your home at all times.

The following four tips to help you figure out what you need for a first aid kit and keep one stocked and ready at all times.

Ask Yourself “What Can Happen At Home?”

Think about every incident that has ever occurred in your home. Cuts, falls, injuries, and other medical emergencies happen in homes every day. Even if you think everyone is healthy and safe, there can always be surprises.

Write down every kind of emergency you can think of and then think about what you may need in case of that emergency and write it on a list. This will help you get an idea of where to start.

Have a Range of Supplies

No two injuries are the same, that’s why it’s important to prepare for both small or large injuries. Have an assortment of bandages from small to large to ensure that you can treat every wound.

You should also consider items that you may need for extreme cases. For example, a clean towel and tourniquet may be needed for large lacerations or injuries. Gloves, plastic bags, and scissors are useful for these cases.

Include Life-Saving Medications

A family member or visitor may have a medical emergency in the home, so it is good to be prepared for this as well. Medications such as aspirin and an Epi-pen are good to have for chest pains, possible strokes, and allergic reactions.

CPR Accessories are a Plus

CPR supplies can be helpful. Keep a bag-mask device on hand for performing ventilation. If you need to learn how to perform CPR or use a bag-mask device, you may benefit from taking an ACLS certification class as well. This will help you to understand everything you should have on hand and how to use this equipment in a life-or-death situation.

An Ounce of Preparation

Your first aid kit is your family’s first defense in an emergency medical situation. Whether you cut yourself cooking or have a visitor collapse, you will be prepared to do what it takes to give emergency medical care until paramedics arrive. Seconds count, so it’s important to be ready to act in an emergency.

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