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Pet Love: Why You Should Keep a Doggy First Aid Kit

Caring for our furry friends has become essential today as pets make their way into more and more of our daily experiences. Dogs are being treated more and more like additional family members. From eating meals, watching TV and even sleeping with their human counterparts, there’s not much dog owners don’t take their pet along for the ride. But as they are gaining more human-time, dogs are also being exposed to additional dangers.

Easier access to food, interactions in public with other dogs and navigating the outdoors all come with risks.

To best protect our beloved fur babies, it’s a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand that can address potential dangers and keep them safe.

Here are some of the reasons to put together a doggy first aid kit.

Ingesting Dangerous Foods

Most dogs are pretty curious, especially when it comes to sniffing out foods. And it only takes a split second for them to get the items into their mouths. If your dog ingests something dangerous (like a large amount of chocolate or other dangerous items) you’ll want supplies on hand to handle what your vet advises will happen next. Cleaning supplies, sanitizing sprays and disposable gloves will make after care quick and easy.

Wounds

If your dog loves the idea of running around free outdoors, they likely also will run into issues with injuries. From minor cuts and scrapes to larger sprains, anything is possible when you’re trampling through sticks and rocks in excitement. A first aid kit to address injuries and clean them up at home or keep them safe until they receive care, can relive a lot of stress for both you and your dog.

Supply Recommendations

So what do you stock your kit with? The supplies depend on what your dog is likely exposed to. But some of the basics include:

  • Gauze Pads
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Gloves
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Ice Pack


1st Aid Supplies carries high quality products and supplies to create first aid kits for varied needs. Browse our categories below and find everything you need to be prepared and be safe.
 

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First Aid Supplies for Earthquakes

Earthquakes, the occurrence of sudden shaking of the ground when earth’s tectonic plates shift, is a very real threat today. From minor earth tremors, to more catastrophic seismic activity, it has become critical that we monitor and track earthquakes for emergency response and preparedness.

If you live in an area that has already seen earthquake activity, and even if you’re not, it’s best to have a first aid kit handy as well as disaster preparations should one happen.

A first aid kit can be the difference between survival and casualties after destruction has occurred.
 

The greatest danger with earthquakes is that they typically happen with no warning.  In areas like California, Alaska and Washington, they happen frequently and leave a large impact. But everyday earthquakes we don’t hear about are happening underground across the globe.

First Aid Kit for Earthquakes

While your first aid kit can’t do anything to stop an earthquake from happening and causing damage, having supplies readily available to assist the injured, or to survive for a few days should you become trapped, will increase the chances you’ll come out of a disaster on top.

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You can order an earthquake-ready first aid kit that includes supplies to help with the aftermath of a natural disaster, or choose to build your own.

If you’d like to compile your own first aid kit for earthquakes you should keep it neat and organized in a dedicated box for easy access and transportation.

Use a metal tool box or fishing tackle box to keep the supplies safe from water and other damage.

Items you should include in your earthquake first aid kit include:

  • water
  • dust mask
  • whistle
  • canned foods and survival food
  • can opener
  • gloves
  • plastic bags
  • goggles
  • flashlights
  • toiletries
  • cooking fuel
  • utensils
  • personal hygiene supplies
  • critical medication backups
  • pet food

In addition to supplies, you should also familiarize yourself with proper evacuation and survival tactics should an earthquake strike. Protect yourself by knowing the safest places to stand away from falling and collapsing debris – such as under a table or desk or in a strong doorway.

Practice these tips with family to ensure they are ready in the event of a disaster. Be sure everyone knows where to meet up if you get separated and who to call for help if needed.

1st Aid Supplies has an array of first aid kits and disaster preparedness supplies to help treat a varied amount of emergency needs. Our first aid product supply and refills can be purchased online worldwide. Shop today!

 
Going On Vacation? Pack a First Aid Kit

We are at the height of vacation planning season. Now’s the time to think about requesting time off from work so you don’t lose those precious vacation days you deserve. Plus, it’s time to finally plan that amazing summer trip with the family you keep talking about taking.  Planning in advance also means you’ll likely save money on airfare, rentals and hotels.

Whether you’re dreaming of laying on the beach with a drink in hand or want to go backpacking through the Grand Canyon, the options are endless.

After you book your tickets though and start the planning and packing, don’t forget about taking a first aid kit along for the ride.

Emergencies happen when you least expect them and nothing’s worse than being somewhere away from home with limited access and no supplies to address injuries or other ailments.

Avoid that situation and leave your home prepared.

Here are some first aid supplies to pack with you for vacation:

Antiseptic Sprays or Wipes

Sanitation is critical to prevent infection. Pack antiseptic wipes or sprays so you can immediately clean, remove debris and reduce the risk of infection. 

Sunblock and Bug Spray  

Protection from disease carrying mosquitoes and dangerous UV rays is vital. While getting a nice tan on a summer day may look great, the risks of over exposure are too great.

Bandages 

Everything from minor cuts and scrapes to larger injuries can be cared for quickly and easily with bandages on hand. Be sure to stock your kit with various sizes. 

Pain Relief Medications

Headaches and minor aches and pains can crop up at any time. Be prepared to alleviate the issue with over the counter pain relief meds in your first aid kit.

Now pack those bags and start the countdown for the fun and relaxation you deserve! 

 
 
Why You Should Keep a Car First Aid Kit

Emergencies can happen in a split second – oftentimes when you least expect it. The best way to react in these situations is with a plan. When you are prepared you’re more likely to remain calm and be an asset for those injured rather than go to into shock or create a larger issue.

First aid kits are essential in disaster planning because they provide the necessary supplies to address all types of injuries and this will keep victims safe until emergency personnel arrive.

Car First Aid Kits

You’ll likely see first aid cabinets in classrooms, buildings and maybe even homes - but since so many incidents occur outside of the home, it’s best to prepare for those in advance. A car first aid kit will come in handy when immediate attention is needed and in cases when getting professional help isn’t possible.

Imagine for a moment that you’re out riding bikes in a park trail with your child on spring day. They then accidently fall and scrape their knee enough where it’s bleeding and needs a bandage. Rather than leave the wound unattended and risk infection or further pain, a first aid kit in the car can provide relief. You could have either taken it along with you on your walk or have access to it as soon as you’re back at the car.

In larger incidents, like crashes, a first aid kit can also help someone in distress. Everything from disposable gloves to gauze can keep a wound covered and pressure applied before emergency personal arrive.

In other instances, a first aid kit with sunscreen or insect repellant will mean being able to enjoy a stroll on a hot day along your travels or a night time look up at the stars without putting yourself at risk because you were not carrying proper protection.

Building a First Aid Kit for Your Car

While some first aid kits are sold in an already filled case of essentials, you can also build a personalized kit based on your own needs and store in a plastic container or waterproof pouch for convenience. These options are easy to store and transport with you wherever you may go.

Here are additional supplies to keep in your car first aid kit that may come in handy in emergencies while on the go:

 

‚Äč1stAidSupplies.com carries disaster preparedness kits and first aid supplies from food, water, sanitation, and medical tools to basic bandages – and more. Browse our entire store to find what you need. 

 
Treating Workplace Burns with a First Aid Kit

Burns are a more common occurrence in the workplace than many may consider. While the type and severity of a burn can vary depending on the work environment, there are still dangers and precautions are needed. Everywhere from an office to a construction site should have a workplace first aid kit fully stocked with products that can address burns properly.

 Here are 3 things to keep in mind when it comes to treating burns in the workplace.

Cool the Burn

The first thing you want to do when someone has been burned is to cool it down. Immediately run the affected area under cold water for a few minutes to relieve some of the pain they are feeling. If you’re not able to get to a sink you may also use a clean towel and dampen it with the cold water and lay it over the burn. You should leave it covered and cooling for at least 10-15 minutes.

Dress the Injury

Your workplace first aid kit will come in handy during these situations as covering and dressing the burn is an important factor in immediate care and keeping it clean. After you have cooled down the burn and dried the area, you should apply clean dressing like gauze or a bandage (if small) over the burn. Do not attempt to use any lotions or ointments on the affected area until you have had it assessed by a professional.

Consider Next Steps

It’s important to keep infections at bay. Consider having a doctor check out the burn and see if there is further treatment needed. These newly exposed injuries have a high rate of leading to bacterial infections so it’s important to care properly for serious burns and never let them go unattended. In cases when third-degree and more serious burns have occurred, call 9-1-1 immediately and keep the victim calm with injured limbs elevated until emergency response arrives.

1stAid Supplies is a one-stop shop for all your supply needs. From bandages to gauze, antiseptic, ointments, pain relievers, and so much more.  We also carry first aid cabinets and kits and offer classes for compliance and training to ensure your workplace is productive, efficient and safe. Contact us today to learn more.