Creating Your Home First Aid Kit
Being safe means being prepared. And when it comes to medical emergencies, bring prepared means having first aid available as soon as an injury occurs.
While most of us consider our homes safe havens, you are more likely to suffer an injury or medical event in your home than anywhere else. It makes sense. After all, almost all of us spend more time in our homes than in any other single location.
Despite this, there remain too many Americans who do not have a proper first aid kit at home. In some cases, that’s because a family’s first aid kit lacks all of the needed supplies. In others, it’s because the family doesn’t have a first aid kit to begin with.
So be safe and be prepared by making sure your home has a first aid kit that meets the following criteria…
First Aid Essentials for Your Kit
Putting together a quality first aid kit means being prepared for a wide range of medical events. That means being prepared for cuts, burns, scrapes, and non-injury emergencies. As such, you’ll want to make sure that your first aid kit includes the following essentials:
- Adhesive bandages (25 minimum)
- 3”x3” gauze pads (5 minimum)
- 4”x4” gauze pads (5 minimum)
- 5” x 9” sterile dressings (2 minimum)
- 3” wide roller bandage (1 minimum)
- 4” wide roller bandage (1 minimum)
- Triangular bandages (2 minimum)
- Non-latex gloves (2 pairs minimum)
- Aspirin (2 tablets minimum)
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic wipes
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Instant cold compress
- CPR breathing barrier
- First aid instructions
- Medications for household members
- Emergency contact numbers
Some other items you may want to include if you have space:
- Eye protection (goggles or wraparound sunglasses)
- Cough / cold medicine
- Anti-diarrheal tablets
- Finger splint
- Petroleum jelly
- Safety pins
- Aloe Vera lotion or gel
- Calamine lotion
Additional First Aid Kit Tips
Putting together a proper first aid kit for your home doesn’t just depend on knowing what to put in your kit. Some other things you’ll want to keep in mind are what kind of container you use to store first aid items, where your first aid kit will be located, and whether or not you should have back-up first aid kits for specific areas in your home.
- When it comes to your first aid kit’s container, choose a sturdy, waterproof container that can easily fits all of your supplies. The best containers make it easy to keep supplies organized.
- A first aid kit should be easy to access — many families keep theirs in the kitchen, where injuries are more likely to occur.
- If you or a member of your family drives, you should have a dedicated first aid kit for every vehicle you own.
- You may also want to create a dedicated first aid kit for your garage, especially if there are any tools or heavy machinery that you use there.
A cleaner home is a safer home. Call Maid Right today at (855) 624-3744 to find out how our house cleaning experts can create a healthier, safer space for you and your family.