What You Need In Your Home First Aid Kit
According to Kidsafe, a child accident prevention foundation in Australia, more than 150,000 children receive emergency room treatments every year. About 38,000 of these young children get treatment for glass cuts and crushes while more than 5,000 children are sent to hospitals due to fall accidents.
The statistics get worse. Kidsafe also found that approximately 2,000 children suffer poisoning, 1,500 are treated for finger jams and about 1,000 are rushed for burns.
The truth is that accidents can happen to anyone. But when you are living with small children and/or senior adults, the risks and possibility of accidents also rise. Whether you are managing a full house or not, it is important — even lifesaving — to know basic first aid treatments that you can employ while waiting for a professional medical team to arrive. It is also vital that you have an emergency kit at home.
Below is a list of things you need in your emergency kit, according to Red Cross:
- Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes, at least 25 pieces)
- Adhesive cloth tape (1 inch wide, 10 yards long, at least 1 piece)
- Absorbent compress dressings (5×9 inches, at least 2 pieces)
- Antibiotic Ointment (5 packets, 1 gramme each)
- Antiseptic wipe (5 packets)
- Aspirin (2 packets, 81 mg each)
- Gloves (Non-latex, Large, at least 2 pairs)
- Hydrocortisone Ointment (1 packets, 1 gramme each)
- Roller Bandages (3-inch and 4-inch wide, at least 1 of each)
- Sterile Gauze Pads (3×3 and 4×4 inches, at least 5 of each)
- Triangular Bandages (at least 2 pieces)
- Instant Cold Compress (at least 1 piece)
- Breathing barrier with one-way valve (at least 1 piece)
- Blanket (at least 1 piece)
- Non-glass/non-mercury Oral thermometer
- First Aid Kit Booklet
Apart from preparing a first aid kid at home, you can also attend first aid training in Melbourne by www.australiawidefirstaid.com.au to arm yourself with the knowledge on what to do following an accident. Your reaction and action to an incident can save lives, even yours. So make sure you are well-equipped and trained to handle injuries that can happen inside your homes.