Every home should have a first-aid kit because it’s one of those things which one can never know when they will need. While getting a readymade first-aid kit is a good start, it’s a better idea to build your own box by putting together the most essential and useful things you might need in an emergency situation. While trying to build that first-aid box of your own, make sure that it contains the following ten essential items in it.
This is the place where everything will be stored so it needs to be water—resistant and large enough to hold all the supplies. If you have multiple boxes and pill bottles, get a first-aid bag to keep them all together.
Emergency Numbers and Medical Prescription
Necessary prescriptions, medical history and emergency numbers should be in that box as well, even if you remember the details.
Antiseptics, Creams and Ointments
The likes of petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel, pain relief ointments, hydrogen peroxide, antibacterial handwash, anti-itch creams, etc. are a must in any first-aid box.
Over-the-Counter Meds and Pain Relievers
Antihistamines, antacids, aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are all essential drugs that everyone should have at home to treat allergic reactions, flu symptoms, gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, etc.
Ask your doctor to help you build a small emergency supply for the essential meds which you need but cannot get on your own from the pharmacy. It should help you in a situation where you have run out of the necessary medication after forgetting to restock in time.
Band-Aids are a must in any first-aid box, but gauze in different sizes and shapes is also necessary to cater to injuries of different kind. Once the gauze has been put on the injury after applying the necessary ointments, you will need medical tape to keep the gauze in place.
Broken bones, sprained joints and ligaments require support and that’s why you need aluminum splints, crepe bandages and athletic tape in there. It’s better to consult a doctor in such cases, but until you can, these should help you to manage the situation.
Tools of the Trade
You may think you have everything you need, but it would be hard to deal with the situation without the right medical tools to help you. Check out the following list and make sure they are included.
- Cotton balls
- Safety pins
- Latex gloves
This list includes more than just eight items in total so things can get a bit confusing. Thankfully, MFASCO has all of these items on sale individually, as well as complete, ready-to-use first-aid boxes of different sizes, all at one place and ready to be home delivered. There’s one last thing which people often forget to do and that’s making a note of the expiry date. Most medicinal products come with an expiry date and past that date, the products become much less effective or even toxic in some rare cases. Therefore, it is important that you write down all the expiry dates and replace the first-aid kit supplies as needed.