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Basic First Aid Kits

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									First aid or medical kits should be found in every household and automobile.
Accidents happen when we least expect them and being prepared can sometimes
mean the difference between life and death. The most common types of accidents
include cuts, scrapes, burns, and insect bites. A large percentage of accidents happen
in and around the home, then out in the great outdoors, and final in and around
vehicles.

A kit should be readily available both inside the home and when the family is
outdoors. It is also important to keep a kit in your garage for outside emergencies and
in your vehicle for emergencies that may occur when you are traveling. A kit should
also be a part of every emergency preparedness plan. When preparing for a natural
disaster, most experts believe everyone should have emergency supplies for at least
the first 72 hours. It is a good idea to include at least a 72 hour supply of any
prescription medications as well. First aid or medical kits are a must in households
that have children. Children can be very accident prone and it is better to be prepared
than caught unaware. It is important that each member of the family be familiar with
the contents of your kit and knows how to use them.

Your kit should consider the needs of each individual family member. It is very
important to change the medications in the first aid kit periodically. Most medications
have an expiration date, which can be written down on a piece of paper and kept
inside the first aid kit. Also, include items such as glucose monitors and blood
pressure monitors for family members that have diabetes and/or high blood pressure.

Every kit should include the following basic items, a assortment of gauze pads,
adhesive tape, various bandages, antibiotic ointment, cotton swabs, eye drops, latex
gloves, a tweezer, bottled water for cleaning wounds, and a first aid handbook. All
kits should include prescription medications as well as non-prescription medications
such as syrup of ipecac used to induce vomiting if instructed by a poison control
center, medicines for treating bee stings, antihistamines for itching and allergic
reactions, and pain medications such as aspirin.

If you had an emergency in your home or vehicle today, would you be prepared? Most
people don't like to think about emergencies and this often results in not being
prepared for household accidents. Don't leave your family's safety to chance. Be sure
your home and vehicle are properly equipped with a first aid or medical emergency
kit today!

								
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