Um, I Don’t Have a First Aid Kit…

Yes, unfortunately it is true. I don’t have a real first aid kit and with three little bears who are always into some sort of mischief, we really do need one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a completely neglectful parent – I do have bandaids in one drawer and creams in another and bandages in another – but I don’t have everything easily accessible and in the one place.

Luckily for me, Danielle from First Aid Management offered to write a guest post about how to put together a first aid kit for the family – hopefully her tips prove to be as useful for you as they have been for me!

Although it’s the centre of our lives and the place the we relax and do as we please, the home can also be the most chaotic place, even if it’s very enjoyable. Sometimes it gets difficult to manage all of the things that we are expected to do and all of the demands that are made of us.

Life will never be predictable or easily managed, no matter how much we would like it to be, things just don’t go that way. We can’t change or control many of the elements and forces that determine the direction of our lives.

The best we can do is be prepared.

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Having a first aid kit handy in your home or workplace is one of the ways you can prepare yourself for the unexpected and potentially difficult situations that may be in store for you. First aid kits are all too often things that you never think of needing until it’s too late. A box of bandaids and a set of tweezers in the bathroom drawer is fine, but it isn’t enough.

You can buy first aid kits and even undertake first aid training courses from companies like First Aid Management. If you happen to have special needs or medical conditions in your family, you may need extra items in your first aid kit, or specialised items.

The first step is getting the basics; things like gauze, sterile wipes, bandages, triangular bandages, eye pads, dressings, gauze, plastic gloves and forceps. Other essentials and things to include will depend on who and where the first aid kit is intended for. It is also a good idea to put your family’s medical history into the kit, and a pen and paper. Remember to update it regularly.

I don’t know about you but this reminder has spurred me to action – guess what I’ll be doing this weekend?

Thanks Danielle for sharing this information!

Do you have a first aid kit? What tips do you have for putting one together? 

Sharing the Friday linky love with Grace, Miss Cinders and Bree.

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10 Responses

  1. I have a few lying around the house (those tiny ones) and for the first time we actually used one that lives in the suitcase while OS…coral cuts needing betadine.
    I’m a fan of the prepacked ones, because I can never think what I need to have in there!!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Fraud

  2. Me says:

    A has numerous first aid kits around the place – in cars, drawers, garage – you name it he has it. I don’t know where these are and it doesn’t worry me that I don’t because when I see blood I tend to faint so I am absolutely no help to anyone in an emergency – they are better looking after themselves and just leave me lying on the floor !!!
    Have the best weekend !
    Me
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  3. I DO have a first aid kit.
    But I don’t have a will. I’m not sure why that seems relevant … the first aid kit thing just reminded me.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
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  4. We do have a First Aid Kit. Somewhere. Should probably locate it and keep it handy 😉
    Michelle Holland recently posted..Mummy Not So Yummy

  5. Kim says:

    Im guilty -well, have stuff by its all over the house. Good prompt. Tks Kimx

  6. Neets says:

    I work in a personal training studio and a client came up to me asking for a band aid. We had everything but in the First Aid kit, thanks for reminding me to pick up some band aid’s this weekend :0)
    Neets recently posted..Proud to be a Pear!

  7. Rhianna says:

    THanks for the information, I have lots of bits and pieces that are kind of kept together in a place that I can’t exactly reach so I should probably do something about it.
    Rhianna recently posted..Things I Know About Machines and Being Mother of the Year

  8. This is something u have been meaning to take care of ever since I fell pregnant with Punky! Still haven’t done it. I did however finally invest in a decent, accurate and reliable thermometer recently and I wa lucky I did when I ended up with both the munchkin ad husband spiking 40 degree fevers! We do have quite a lot of the things in a first aid kit scattered around the house, due to the husband being accident prone and so brining home things like excess gauze and bandages when he’s needed them but I definitely need to get everything together in one place.
    Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions recently posted..The Salmon Tin. A Cautionary Tale.

  9. I don’t have a first aid kit per say, but I do have everything we need in there in case of pretty much anything.

    A couple of months ago I learnt the hard way about having burn cream in the house at all times. I went two days without it, and it was horrid. Once I had the cream and used it – non stop! – my hand started to feel heaps better and slowly healed.

    A week later Gravel burnt her fingers. Burn cream was on hand, and you couldn’t even tell she’d burnt her fingers a couple of days later.

    Great reminder post, Thanks Danielle and Kirsty!!

    MC xxx

    #ThingsIKnow

    P.S. Apologies for the late reply Kirsty x
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  10. Grace says:

    We have a first aid kit. We made sure we checked all the items thoroughly, knew what it was all for and discarded anything that wasn’t any use.
    I think some people think that having one is all there is to it while actually, it’s really important to know what’s in the box.
    Grace recently posted..FYBF – The Half Marathon Edition

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