Sunday, December 1, 2013 / by Alicia Angstadt
MUST HAVES FOR YOUR HOME FIRST AID KIT
It’s a known fact that the majority of accidents occur at home, which is why every household must be equipped with a first aid kit complete with all of the essentials needed to handle life’s unexpected and unfortunate events.
No two ouches are alike, which is why a selection of band-aids is a requirement for every first aid kit. It’s important to keep various sizes and shapes to accommodate all types of cuts, scrapes and everyday boo-boos.
Whether it’s common everyday allergies or a reaction to a bee sting, it’s important to keep your home’s first aid kit equipped with the medication necessary to treat sudden ailments.
If you have a small cut or scrape, you also risk bacteria being able to enter your body through the broken skin. If you want to reduce the risk of infection and clean the area, use antibacterial wipes as a temporary fix until you can flush out the wound completely.
If someone gets a bee sting and has the stinger left behind in their skin or they find themselves with a splinter, a pair of tweezers will help you to come to their rescue. These handy little tools are a must have in every first aid kit.
Transparent fabric gauze is used for dressing and/or swabbing wounds. This product is a requirement for every home first aid kit as some mishaps require more coverage than a standard band-aid can handle.
If you have gauze in your first aid kit it’s only natural that you would also need gauze tape. This product will keep the bandage secured to the skin for protection against re-injury and/or to prevent bacteria from entering the wound.
If a fingernail accidentally gets broken or requires attention to prevent it from being ripped from the surface, it’s important to have a reliable pair of nail clippers on hand for just such an emergency. A badly damaged nail can be painful, but proper attention can help to ease the discomfort and prevent it from worsening.
A bandage is a strip of material that’s used to protect a wound or injury. These are an essential part of any home first aid kit.
This type of over-the-counter medication is designed to prevent the growth of bacteria in a wound, which may lead to disease or infection. When applied to a wound, it may help to protect the sufferer from falling ill to either of these, which makes it a must have for every first aid kit.
If you are dressing a wound, it’s important that you wear the proper gloves to protect the injured from infection. Bacteria can live underneath your fingernails or even on your hands and can enter a wound if you aren’t careful, so do yourself and the sufferer a favor by wearing the proper gloves when treating a wound that needs to be handled with a first aid kit.