Injuries in and around water are common. Most are minor, but some can be fatal. When you spend time in your backyard pool or at the beach this summer, make sure that first aid supplies are readily available so you or someone else can treat an injury if necessary.
First Aid Supplies to Keep Near Your Pool
When you’re relaxing in your backyard pool, first aid supplies should always be close at hand. You can mount a first aid cabinet on a wall or store a portable kit in a designated location. Make sure that every member of your family and all visitors know where first aid supplies are located.
Cuts and scrapes frequently happen near pools. No matter how many times you tell them not to, kids might run and chase each other, or someone might slip and fall on a wet surface near the pool. Your first aid kit should include bandages in assorted sizes, antibiotic cream, gloves, cold packs, and over-the-counter pain relievers.
Slip-and-fall accidents can also cause more serious problems, including sprains and broken bones. Although those types of injuries are less common, they can and do happen. A first aid kit for your pool should contain ACE bandages and splints.
You should also be prepared for the possibility that a family member or a guest might drown and suffer cardiac arrest. Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) before an ambulance arrives can dramatically improve an individual’s odds of survival and recovery. An AED provides instructions and is easy to use.
First Aid Supplies to Take to the Beach
When you visit the beach, take a portable first aid kit with you. Some beaches have lifeguards who can provide first aid treatment, while others don’t. Even if you go to a beach where medical help is available, it might be easier to treat a minor injury yourself than to walk or carry someone to another area to get help.
Be Prepared to Treat Injuries at the Pool or Beach
1st Aid Supplies sells first aid cabinets that can be mounted on a wall near a pool so they’ll be visible and accessible at a moment’s notice. We also sell AEDs and portable first aid kits that are easy to pack in a car or store in a backpack for a day at the beach. Order first aid supplies for your pool or trip to the beach today.