Thursday, September 19

First-Aid Kits & The Klutz In My Kitchen

I've been looking for a top-notch first-aid kit for my home. I am a klutz, I have been one ALL of my life. My Dad used to tell me I was a bull in a china shop. I can see that and the older I get the worse it gets. Luckily, God gave me a high tolerance for pain. On the down side, most of the time I do not know when I've injured myself. I will cut my hand, leg or foot and the only reason I know I have sustained an INJURY is the trail of blood I leave. Recently, I was on the Red Cross website and found a simple first-aid kit I love. The kit commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the Red Cross and it contains all of the essential first-aid items, nicely compartmentalized in a khaki-green metal case. It is designed to resemble the original Red Cross kit. Today, you can find Red Cross kits specifically for home, sports activities, the work place and even your pets. While  searching for my first-aid kit, I came across some other well-designed containers for holding emergency supplies. Whether you choose to buy one or create your own, being prepared with a well stocked first-aid kit for your home is a smart, easy, and even stylish necessity. If making your own, the Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest.

Make sure to check your kit regularly for expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents and also check the flashlight batteries to make sure they work. If you head to the RED CROSS STORE, consider making a donation to disaster relief efforts. Buy yourself a first aid kit, you'll be glad ya did!


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