Most of us take for granted the conveniences afforded to us by local pharmacies and supermarkets. Yet, in the event of an emergency, we may be faced with little time to stock up on safety and health essentials – or, worse, completely unable to make these lifesaving purchases. That’s why it’s crucial that your household owns a well-stocked first aid kit. Here are a few necessities we recommend anyone add to their family’s first aid kit.
A supply of vital medications.
If anyone in your household relies upon certain prescription or over-the-counter medications, now is the time to stock up on them and secure them in your first aid kit. While obtaining some may require a call to your physician, you may also be able to get samples from drug manufacturers, by either signing up on their websites or giving them a call. The samples are individually wrapped and are in single doses, making them perfect for a small first aid kit.
A variety of bandages, ointment, and gauze.
Hopefully, most injuries in your household are minor – like bumps, bruises, or simple sprains. But, there may come a time when you seriously injure yourself, in which case you’re going to want a decent supply of wound dressings on-hand. Start by grabbing a variety of band-aids and a quality ointment. (Bonus points if it contains antibiotic properties!) Then, stock up on gauze. Should a worst-case scenario occur, you’ll want plenty of gauze within arm’s reach, so you can minimize bleeding and infection until you can see a healthcare professional.
You probably already have a thermometer lying around your house somewhere. If so, go ahead and assign it a permanent place in your first aid kit. As a high body temperature is characteristic of many illnesses and diseases, these handy medical tools are vital in monitoring your health and can alert your family about a serious health emergency in seconds. Consider picking up a box of thermometer covers, too – that way, you can use it for multiple members of your household at a moment’s notice.
The Canopy, the premier apartments in Little Rock, Arkansas, is inviting friends and neighbors to follow this advice and create a first aid kit for their households. You never know when an emergency could strike, so play it safe with these essentials!