We all want to protect our families during an emergency. The problem comes in when we are not prepared for such a sudden unexpected event. Most of us can look around our homes and realize we have no first-aid kit at all. It then becomes apparent that if our children are injured at home, there’s nothing we can use to help them. Here are seven of the best items to have in your house when an emergency strikes.
- Antiseptic Wipes
Wipes are great for immediately cleaning a bad scrape or cut that’s left your child bleeding on the knee or anywhere else. It sterilizes the area so no infection can set in. At that point, you can add any additional ointments to help the cut or wound heal. Wipes are also handy for babies and toddlers. Consider getting more at a medical supplies store.
Splints are handy when a child has possibly broken a limb. They could be playing in the backyard on the swings and jump off with glee only to break a leg. A family member might take a tumble on the patio and fall into the grass. In both of these situations, the person will be in pain. The last thing you want to do is move them. You might need to move them back inside. If so, use a splint to give leverage to the limb. It will keep it straight and not cause them more harm.
Having Band-Aids around the house seems like common sense, but too few of us have them. We might not have had an injury at our homes to justify buying them. Band-Aids are a must for every family. We can all fall and scrape our skin, or use a tool and get cut which starts to bleed. A Band-Aid can keep open skin from more exposure until you have a doctor check it out. They are essential even if your injury is minor. You don’t need blood rushing down your arm until you decide to buy Band-Aids for your home. Stack up on them so you are prepared.
- Emergency Numbers
Besides calling 911, you can never have enough emergency numbers. Too many of us don’t think to ask close friends or neighbors for their numbers in case of an emergency. It’s imperative to have these numbers where everyone can get to them. Place the emergency numbers on the fridge. Make sure everyone in the family sees them and knows who to ask for. Emergency numbers can save lives and time.
Gauze that’s sterile is great for keeping a wound secure and clean. They stretch with body movement and are easy to apply. There may be a time you need to wrap your child’s arm after a fall. This fabric is thin and woven. Keep gauze in the bathroom, kitchen, or in the pantry. Make sure it’s in a place everyone can find easily.
- Medical Tape
Medical tape has a variety of uses. It is needed to keep gauze on a limb that you recently wrapped up. It’s also good for sealing holes that might be discharging toxic fluids. This helps until you can get a professional to look at the situation. Some medical tape is waterproof which will help hold something in place. Medical tape is meant to hold temporarily until you can get the situation controlled. Buy lots of tape and keep it stored in a handy place. Most households need tape for emergencies when there are natural disasters threatening our homes. It’s wise to purchase different kinds of tape for different situations.
- First-Aid Manual
You can never go wrong with having a first-aid manual in your home. Even with technology and having our phones, a manual should still be in your house. What happens during a power outage and you can’t charge your devices? You’ll need that manual more than ever. Keep it in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or pantry. Take the time to read it when you get a chance. This can add to your first-aid preparation. It allows you to act fast and know exactly what to do during an emergency.