The Essential First Aid Kit Checklist for Your Home | Health Street, LLC

The Essential First Aid Kit Checklist for Your Home

Every house needs a first aid kit to handle minor injuries or sicknesses. While no one is prepared to (or should attempt to) treat a broken bone at home, treating less serious issues is a valuable skill to have. Having the proper supplies on hand could even reduce the risk of further injury or sickness while a more seriously injured patient is transported to the hospital.

Having a fully stocked first aid kit is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. When was the last time you refreshed the contents of your first aid supply box? This checklist will tell you what to check on.

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Supplies to Protect Against COVID-19

Coronavirus is presenting quite a scare worldwide. Fortunately, measures such as careful hygiene and social distancing can help slow the spread as doctors work on a cure. In the meantime, it’s also crucial to ensure your first aid kit has the right supplies to help you protect yourself. While panic buying is not the answer (doctors need medical supplies too, after all!), ensure that your kit has these essentials:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial wipes and/or spray
  • Face masks (for anyone who already has the virus–it’s not advised to wear one unless you’re sick)

These hygiene supplies could go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Pro Tip: The best way to protect yourself against coronavirus is to stay home and practice excellent hygiene. Social distancing is essential to slowing the spread and protecting vulnerable people.

Basic First Aid Supplies

Don’t forget basic supplies too! Even with a pandemic going it, it’s important to remember to be ready for far less serious incidents. Your at-home first aid kit should also include:

  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Eyedrops or eyewash solution
  • Medical tape
  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Finger splint
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Any specialized equipment you may require (such as syringes for diabetes)

Medicine

Finally, what about medicine? Ensure your kit has enough of the following medicines or supplements to last a while:

  • Pain relievers
  • Fever reducers
  • Laxatives
  • Antacids
  • Allergy medications
  • Antihistamine
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Aloe vera
  • Cough suppressants
  • Cold suppressants
  • Any prescriptions or recommended vitamins you take regularly

Be Prepared for Anything

In addition to refilling your first aid kit, why not brush up on your CPR and first aid skills as well? We’re proud to continue offering online courses so you can learn even during a time of social distancing. Be ready to handle any emergency life throws at you.

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