Posted by Michael Hixson on December 12, 2013
Let’s just assume everyone knows the importance of keeping a first aid kit in the home. That’s a given. It’s especially important now when we’re heading into Atlantic hurricane season, rolling tornado seasons across the country, and dangerous heat waves.
Consider the first aid kit that you may have:
How do you know the one(s) you have is complete? You need a kit that’s personalized to your family. If you have little ones, we’ll show you below how to make sure it’s kid-friendly as well.
Is that old flip phone collecting dust somewhere? Include it in your first aid kit. All cell phones, whether they have service or not, are made to accept calls to 911.
For many households that no longer have a landline, this is absolutely a must! If an emergency arises, you may not have time to dig through your purse for your phone? What if you laid it somewhere and can’t quite remember where you left it? In an emergency, you may not have the presence of mind to find a lost phone. Keep one in your first aid kit. It may save you some precious time.
Keep the phone turned off, and include the charger in your first aid kit. Don’t forget to check it regularly to make sure it is charged!
Cell phones are especially important for your car or boat first aid kit. You don’t want to be caught away from home with no way to reach emergency services in case you need it.
Include important medical information, particularly if someone in your household has a medical condition or has special needs:
Include any other relevant information that will be helpful to emergency rescue workers that may need to intervene. Remember, this information is not there for anyone to play doctor, especially if someone is in a medical emergency.
Securely tape or sew this on your first aid kit. You may want to make a copy for your fridge, wallet, or by the landline phone.
You’ll need kid-strength items and products that keep you ready for common kid injuries.
Shrink your first aid kit shopping list down from the big list above to just one item: KidSafe offers doctor-recommended, award-winning, and kid-friendly first aid kits here. You can also grab yourself some portable kits for your purse or car.