Having a first aid kit at home is really important. It doesn’t matter if you live alone, live with friends or a partner or with children, we can all have accidents, so it is really important to have things available in case they are needed.
In this month’s blog, I would like to give you five key things to think about when prepping and looking after your home first aid kit:
- Know how old your medicines are
Medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen and liquid medicines like Calpol or cough syrups all have use by dates. It is really important to know when they expire and buy new ones before these dates. When medicines expire they may no longer be safe or as effective so when you most need them they won’t be able to help you as well as you hope.
2. Know how to use your medicines
This sounds like an obvious one but read the instructions! All medicines should be taken in different quantities depending on brand, strength and of course age of the person using them. Even if you think you know your dosage double check before using them.
It is also worth making a note of when you last took a medicine. If you can take something every 4 hours up to 4x a day you will have to have a break at some point in the day (or night) so make sure you take this into consideration or you may accidently overdose.
When we take liquid medicines, it is important to give them a good shake before using them. The heavier parts of a medicine will sit at the bottom of a bottle when it isn’t being used so when you go to spoon out your dosage you won’t have an even split of all the medicine goodness unless you give the bottle a good shake before pouring.
3. Do you have everything you need?
Have you ever thought about what your biggest hazards at home are? Is it hot things in the kitchen? Are you most likely to cut yourself on knives or sharp objects? Are you more like to take a tumble? Whatever it is in your house, do you have the right things ready in your first aid kit to support you?
I know we have a lot of bumps and bruises in our house, so I keep animal shaped cold compress’ in the fridge (as my eldest hated how cold freezer packs are) for any time use. I also have plasters in all shapes and sizes, antiseptic and arnica cream readily available!
4. Keep important bits of your kit on all levels of your house
When I lived in a flat this wasn’t really an issue, but if you live somewhere with stairs between floors it is worth keeping your most important first aid stuff on all levels. If you are likely to have cuts upstairs or need certain medicines late at night then keep this useful stuff in both a cupboard upstairs and downstairs – saves you running around when you want to stay with the person who is injured or hurting.
When choosing where to keep your first aid items think, where are my most likely accidents and incidents going to be? The ideal place to keep a kit downstairs is in your kitchen and upstairs the bathroom or an adult bedroom.
This is also probably a great time to say keep you first aid items high out of reach and locked away from small hands! Little ones are interested in everything so really important to keep medicines out of reach to prevent accidental overdose.
5. Take kits with you to places you spend the most time
Finally, I always suggest taking a small first aid kit with you wherever you go. I spend a lot of time in my car so I keep one in my boot. I also have one in my pram or baby bag which often gets used in the park by other parents (!) When I used to fly a fair bit for work I also used to carry a small carry on kit with burn gels in in case of coffee cup spills.
I really hope these tips have give you some food for thought. If you would like more hints and tips on all things basic first aid, head over to my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/andersson_first_aid_training or Facebook www.facebook.com/anderssonfirstaidtraining.
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