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5 Items you Should Have in Your First-Aid Kit

You never know when an accident or natural disaster will hit and you will be called to action. That?s why it?s important that every family and home should have a well-stocked first-aid kit in an easy to access area in the home. Having a well-prepared kit can potentially help you save a life should disaster strike. Here the top five things every person should have stocked in their personal first-aid kit.

1. Lots and lots of bandages: Bandages are probably the most important item you need to have in your kit. Not only are they useful if someone cuts themselves badly, but you can use it to make a sling for a sprained arm or ankle or if you need added support. Also, be sure to have plenty of Ace bandages in stock as well.

2. Ice pack and heating pack: An ice pack is perfect for helping curb swelling and pain when someone bruises themselves or sprains a muscle. Heating packs are also good to have on hand if someone is suffering from a back injury or extreme cramps.

3. Antihistamine: Storing an over-the-counter medication like Benadryl in your first-aid kit will come in handy during many occasions. Benadryl helps relieve the pain of an injury until medical help can arrive. It is also good to have on hand if someone catches poison ivy because it helps stop the itchiness and pain for a little bit. It?s also a good idea to have medicine like Aspirin in your kit which helps control the pain as well.

4. Antibacterial cream and hand soap: Having a good antibacterial cream and soap in your kit will come in handy when you are dealing with an open cut or wound. It has been shown that regular soap is better for minor injuries and scrapes than rubbing alcohol because rubbing alcohol has been found to irritate skin cells. You should also make sure you apply an antibacterial cream to the wound after you have properly cleaned it out. Once this is complete you can put the bandage on it until you seek more medical attention.

5. Emergency contact information: It is crucial that you have an emergency contact information sheet in your kit for people who might not know the area or if you have a baby-sitter at your home trying to get a hold of you or another guardian. Include important contact phone numbers, the number of your local hospital and physician, a reminder to call 911 in an extreme emergency and a list of procedures on how to handle different emergency scenarios.

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