A first aid kit is a useful item to have in every home. It should be clearly marked with a red cross or the words “FIRST AID”. Its location should be known to every adult at home, but out of reach of the children.
The following items are suitable for a home first aid kit:
Dressings (to cover the wounds)
– Packet of assorted adhesive plasters.
– Box of 5 x 5 cm sterile gauze pads.
Bandages (to hold dressings in place)
– Roll of adhesive dressing tape.
– Roll of elastic bandage.
– Triangular bandage (for sling/splint).
– Clinical thermometer (to measure body temperature).
– Scissors (to be kept solely for first-aid use).
– Pointed tweezers (to remove splinters/stings).
– Roll of sterile cotton wool (to clean wounds).
– Packet of cotton buds (to apply medicine).
– Safety pins (to secure bandages).
Medicines for internal use
– Antacid (to relieve indigestion).
– Anti fever medicine/simple painkiller.
– Throat lozenges.
Some commonsense rules:
– Buy only the medicines that you often use.
– Buy only the medicines that none of your family members are allergic to.
– Buy small amounts of the medicines.
– Store medicines for external use in a separate compartment from those for internal use and mark the compartment clearly.
– If the medicine container has no expiry date, write the date of your purchase on the label.
– Replace the medicine as soon as it is finished, past the expiry date, or over a year since you bought it.
Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. – Robert Baden-Powell