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Chapter 2: First Aid Kits and Their Importance

First aid kits are a must have for every home. First aid kits are necessary so that you can treat ailments and injuries that happen at home. From the minor ailment to the more serious injury a first aid kit can help reduce the risk of infection or the severity of the injury. It might benefit you and your family to attend a first aid class through the Red Cross in order to know how to utilize all the supplies in a first aid kit. Another good place to have a first aid kit is when you go out with your family. You can store it in your vehicle so if something happens when you are out somewhere you can start treating the problem immediately.

First aid kits include a variety of items that will help treat cuts, scrapes, injuries including sprains, burns, and supplies for a variety of ailments that are common. You can either buy a prepared first aid kit from the internet or you can prepare your own first aid kit using a list of common items that are in first aid kits. If you make your own first aid kit, make sure to put it in an easy to access place so that anyone can access the kit in the case of an injury. Also make sure the first aid kit is easy for everyone to open so when an emergency occurs it is not about where the kit is but that it can be used for the situation.

First aid kits should include items like how to treat certain conditions and also explain what each item in the first aid kit treats and how it is used to treat that ailment. Make sure to include a wrap in case there is a sprain. If you take a first aid class you will feel comfortable wrapping a sprain appropriately. Also include gauze to cover open wounds. Include a medical tape that can be used to keep a wrap or gauze on the skin. Another important item is Band-Aids that can be used in case of minor scrapes and cuts. Also include rubbing alcohol to clean out some open wounds. Hand sanitizer can be used to wash the hands of the person that will be treating the injury. Antibiotic cream is also good for cuts and scrapes. The list goes on for what is used in a first aid kit and those were just some of the important items needed for one.

First aid kits are necessary for every household no matter the age of who lives in the home. Injuries can happen anytime and anywhere. When you have a first aid kit within easy access of wherever you are you will ensure the safety of everyone. First aid can reduce infections from open wounds and injuries. It can also reduce the severity of an injury. You cannot always keep your family from getting hurt but you can protect them when they get injured with a first aid kit.









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