She is back, No-Nonsense Mommy Tips by Columnist Carol Ong writes about prepping a basic medical kit at home.Have you done it yet?
The Fujian people have a funny saying that loosely translates to, “Some build a toilet only when they’re about to sh!t.” Being well-prepared will come handy in times of emergencies. That’s why it’s important to have a basic first aid kit at home.
What you need to do:
- Have a list of Emergency phone numbers. (Just print and fill out the form below).
- Include personal medications
- Check your kit regularly. Make sure it’s properly stocked, and replace expired medicine
- Check the flashlight batteries.
These are the contents of a basic first aid kit for a family of four, as recommended by the Red Cross.
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3×3 inches)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 triangular bandages (tourniquet)
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 space blanket
- First aid booklet
What’s in your first aid kit?