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Top 3 First Aid Kit Essentials for the Home

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If you or a member of your family gets hurt or sick, prompt treatment may keep the condition from worsening and may help you avoid an expensive bill for a trip to the emergency room or in-patient care. You don’t need a kit filled with every conceivable type of first aid equipment, but there are some essentials that you should have.

Supplies to Treat Cuts

Cuts are some of the most common types of household accidents, so you should have the tools you will need to treat them. That means bandages in a range of sizes, alcohol wipes, hydrogen peroxide, gauze, tape, scissors, and gloves. You should also have a tourniquet in case someone gets a serious cut. That will help you control the bleeding until you can get the person to the hospital or until an ambulance arrives.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Many common conditions can be treated with over-the-counter medication. Your first aid kit should include pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen; cold and allergy medications; antacids; and hydrocortisone. If you have children, make sure that you have medications in dosages that are appropriate for them.

First Aid Instructions

If you and other members of your family have not received formal first aid training, you should have information on how to treat cuts and other common injuries inside your first aid kit. That information may mean the difference between life and death if someone gets injured and a person who has not taken first aid classes needs to provide care.

Order a First Aid Kit for Your Home

1st Aid Supplies sells first aid kits and cabinets in a range of sizes to suit any home. We have kits that can be stored in a closet or drawer and pulled out when needed, as well as first aid cabinets that can be mounted on a wall so family members will have immediate access to supplies if they need them.

Our kits contain essentials that you can use to treat cuts, burns, insect bites, and a wide range of other injuries. They include the items mentioned above, as well as hot and cold packs, eye wash, tweezers, and other supplies.

We sell automated external defibrillators (AEDs) that can be used to treat sudden cardiac arrest. It may take several minutes for an ambulance to arrive. Using an AED right away may save a person’s life.

Your needs may be different than those of another family. If you have young children, or if members of your family participate in activities that may result in specific types of injuries, make sure that you have appropriate supplies available to respond to those situations if they occur. Order a first aid kit from 1st Aid Supplies today.