Thursday, August 10, 2006

Day 171 - Build a First Aid Kit

Today's First Time Parenting Tip - Have a first aid kit in your house, the car and the diaper bag

Part of being prepared for an emergency is not only knowing what to do, but also making sure you have the supplies you need. Everyone should have a first aid kit in their home, one in their car, and one in their diaper bag, purse or backpack.

Home First Aid Kit
This is the big one. You spend most of your time at home, so it makes sense that most emergencies are going to occur here. And you don't have to lug it around, so it can be a little bit bigger. Make sure children that are old enough know where it is - you can get hurt too!

The home kit should contain:
Adhesive Strips, Antiseptic Wipes, Fingertip Bandages, Knuckle Bandages, Butterfly Bandages, 4" Pressure Bandages, Pair of Power Scissors, Triangular Bandages, Instant Cold Packs, Elastic Bandage, 3" x 3" Gauze Pads, 5" x 9" Trauma Pads, 3" x 4" Non Adherent Pads, Pairs of Gloves, 2" x 5 yd. Conforming Bandages, Poison Ivy Relief Pads, Pair of Tweezers, Emergency Blankets, Adhesive Tape, Biohazard Compliance Kit, Water-Jel Bandages, and a CPR Barrier.

According to Southeast Michigan Red Cross

Car Kit
This is a smaller kit, and usually contains some non-first aid items like road flares or spare gas to help you out if you get stuck. Build an auto emergency kit with:
Triangular Bandages, Elastic Bandage, 3" x 3" Gauze Pads, 5" x 9" Trauma Pads, 3" x 4" Non Adherent Pads, Pairs of Gloves, 2" x 5 yd. Conforming Bandages, Poison Ivy Relief Pads, Pair of Tweezers, Emergency Blankets, Adhesive Tape, CPR Barrier, two roadside flares, a quart of oil, small first aid kit, extra fuses, flashlight, Leatherman Tool (or any other multipurpose tool commonly containing pliers, wire cutters, knife, saw, bottle opener, screwdrivers, files and an awl), tire inflator, rags, pocket knife, pen and paper and a help sign.

According to Edmunds

Personal Kit
Take this one everywhere. It's handy, small and as you use supplies you can replace them from your bigger stash at home. It should be small enough to just toss in your bag, but big enough to have the essentials, like:
Adhesive Strips, Roll Adhesive Bandage Tape, Antiseptic Wipes, 2" x 3" Non-Adhesive Pads, Fingertip Bandage, Knuckle Bandage, Sting Relief Pads, First Aid Cream Packet, Pairs Disposable Gloves, 2" Rollar Bandage, Instant Cold Compress, and an Emergency Action Guide.

According to Southeast Michigan Red Cross

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