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Disaster, Home, Office, Boat, Car First Aid Kits
There are a variety of commercial first aid kits available that can be used at home, on the road, and at play. They share the same basic supplies for wound care (cuts and scrapes), as well as supplies for making a splint or a sling. Outdoor first aid will have a blanket, gloves and a signaling device. The benefit of a premade kit is that the supplies are assembled in a hard box or nylon bag and are easily accessible, and the can be restocked easily. The downside is that you pay for that convenience. Most of the supplies are inexpensive and can be stored in a plastic container.
Disaster Supply Kit for the Home
FEMA suggests the following for a basic disaster supplies it.
A basic emergency supply kit could include a first aid kit and the following recommended items:
Basic First Aid Kit for the Home
In any emergency a family member or you yourself may suffer an injury. If you have these basic first aid supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. You may consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help in a medical emergency.
The best place to keep a first aid kit is in the kitchen. Most family activities take place there. The bathroom has too much humidity, which shortens the shelf life of many items.
A basic first aid kit should have the following:
Other first aid supplies:
First Aid Kit for the Boat
Since it may take significant time for a boat to dock, or if for an emergency on the water, having the full home first aid kit is reasonable. In addition, the following should be available:
First Aid Kit for the Car, Camper, or RV
Less equipment is needed for the car, and climate and geography will also play a part in designing a first aid kit. Some additions include the following:
Medication is usually not needed, especially anything that may cause sedation as a side effect (like diphenhydramine or meclizine). Driving is not recommended after taking these medications.
Last Editorial Review: 2/13/2012 6:53:15 PM
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