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5 Important Tips To Creating A First-Aid Kit For Your Home

Nov 28, 2007
When it comes to the health and safety of your family, not having a first-aid kit in your home is one chance that you cannot afford to take. In addition to providing temporary relief for everyday bumps and bruises, a well-equipped first-aid kit may literally be a lifesaver. Below are five important tips to creating a first-aid kit for your home:

It's what's inside that counts. The first and most obvious factor to keep in mind when creating a first-aid kit is its contents. Every kit should have antibacterial wipes, bandages, band-aids, nail clippers, antiseptic medicine for cuts and scrapes, gauze and gauze tape, tweezers and allergy medication for the treatment of bee stings or other conditions.

Location, location, location. You guessed it - the location of your first-aid kit is one of the most important considerations to keep in mind. A first-aid kit should be conveniently located for easy access in the event of an emergency.

Emergency contacts. Because a first-aid kit is specifically designed to treat an injury until medical treatment, if necessary, is available, it's important to keep a written list of emergency contacts inside of the first-aid kit for quick and easy retrieval.

Replace outdated and commonly used items. Some first-aid items, such as medications, carry an expiration date. For this reason, it's important to check your first-aid kit regularly to make sure that everything is usable and up-to-date. Additionally, it's important to check the contents often in order to replace commonly used items, such as band-aids.

Make sure that your first-aid kit is clearly marked. Whether you have a friend house-sitting for the weekend or you are inviting guests over for the afternoon, it's important that your first-aid kit be clearly marked incase an injury or emergency should occur.

Now that you know the basics of creating a first-aid kit, it's time to put your knowledge to work and start gathering the essentials. You can find most items in a local retail store or pharmacy, which will make your search an easy one.

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It should not be used as, in place of or in conjunction with professional medical and/or emergency advice or recommendations relating to first-aid treatment. For additional information or for immediate medical care, consult a physician.
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