Keeping a first aid kit in your home is an important safety measure for you, your family and guests. However, if your first aid kit is not kept in a logical place and isn't filled with all the necessary emergency supplies then it won't serve its purpose very well. Consider our tips on keeping your first aid kit well stocked and within easy reach so you can calmly handle all those little emergencies that crop up from time to time.
Storing Your First Aid Kit
A logical place to store your first aid kit is in the bathroom. The bathroom is often where we end up if we're bleeding, have sustained a minor burn or when we feel as though we might be sick or are simply in need of a bandaid for a small cut. If you live in a double storey building it's a good idea to keep a first aid kit in both the upstairs bathroom and downstairs powder room for quick access in case of an emergency.
A first aid kit that has only a few bandaids, a bandage and scissors is certainly better than an empty kit, however, keeping your kit well stocked with a variety of items will ensure you can cope with an array of emergencies both big and small. You can never be over-prepared for an emergency so keeping some or all of the items listed below will mean your first aid kit will be a huge help in a wide number of situations you might face. Add these products to your kit today so you'll be ready to deal with most situations.
- Scissors that are not too large.
- Gauze in a variety of sizes.
- Bandages: triangular, wide, narrow.
- Waterproof adhesive tape.
- Adhesive bandages in a number of sizes.
- Anti-bacterial solution.
- Cotton swabs.
- Face shield for performing CPR.
- Pain relief tablets - Remember, if you add medication to your kit it must be kept out of reach of children. Always make it a habit to check the expiry dates on your supplies every change of season.
- Fine tweezers.
- Cold pack.
- Sanitising hand wipes.
- First aid handbook detailing instructions on things such as how to perform CPR.
Make it Mobile
Of course the list of items to add to your first aid kit could go on and on, however, your kit needs to strike a balance between having the essentials and being light enough so that it remains mobile. A heavy, difficult to carry kit will not be helpful in the case of an emergency so remember to not go overboard and try to add a fire extinguisher to your first aid kit! A fire extinguisher has its place but usually is fixed in a high risk area such as the kitchen.
In terms of the carry-all for your kit, by all means purchase a bag designed specifically as a first aid kit but don't be afraid to make up your own with a lightweight tool box or some other carry bag you might have spare. It's very important that your kit is clearly marked though so that it's easily recognisable. Placing a red or white cross on the top and sides of the container will ensure everyone can identify the kit at a glance.
If you do have to use your kit ensure you replace the used items as soon as possible and return the kit to its place as soon as practical after using it. Now that you have your first aid kit all stocked up and in a place that is easy to remember you can rest easy in the knowledge that you'll be as prepared as best you can be should an emergency arise.