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Emergency First Aid Kit: What Your Home Should Have At All Times

For most people, being home is their safety blanket. It’s the place you can go to decompress, relax, and make memories. But it’s also a place where emergencies can occur. Keeping this in mind, it’s important to ensure you have tools on hand prepared to address any potential disasters that may come along. Here are some emergency items you should keep in your home’s first aid kit at all times.

Bandages

A basic first aid kit is a great option to have in your home. Stocked with bandages that can stop a minor cut or scrape, or large wound care wraps, these items are the first thing everyone thinks of when they think of a first aid kit, so it’s a good idea to always have them on hand.

Ointments

Wound care can be significantly improved with the right ointments and antibiotics. Proper topical care can reduce blistering, sanitize and even relieve pain when used.

Over the Counter Meds

OTC medications that treat everything from headaches and muscle spasms to backaches should be included in your homes first aid kit. You can also include antacids and common cold meds in the kit to keep them in a central location and out of the wrong hands.

Tools

Aside from medications and wound care, you should also keep your first aid kit stocked with tools to address emergency situations. Since you’ll never know when you need a tweezer to get a shard of glass out, or matches to see in the dark. Consider adding necessary emergency tools to your kit. After all, you can never be too prepared and being over prepared is much better in an emergency than being unprepared.

1st Aid Supplies offers kits stocked with supplies ready to serve your emergency needs at a moment’s notice. First aid kits also come with a checklist to make sure that you have all your products. Check out the selection.

 
Over the Counter Drugs Your First Aid Kit Should Include

Emergency situations can happen at a moment’s notice. Many unplanned incidents can be addressed quickly and efficiently if the right tools and supplies are in reach when they occur. This is why having a fully stocked first aid kit is the best preparation your home or business can have.

Sometimes an emergency isn’t that severe. Minor scrapes or slight headaches must still be addressed. While keeping band aids and ointments in your first aid kit is a given, you should also keep things like over the counter drugs on hand.

Having medications in your first aid kit allows for quick response to an issue and also ensures productivity levels are kept.

Here are some over the counter drugs your first aid kit should include.

Cold Medicine

Cold and flu symptoms can creep up at any time. Everything from runny noses to sneezing and coughing can be disruptive and difficult to calm without medicines. Having a selection of decongestants, cough drops and pain relievers on hand will ensure a range of ailments are addressed.  

Pain Relief Pills

Pain medicines ease the issues associated with everything from headaches and muscle spasms to backaches, and more. Over the counter meds can offer temporary relief from these issues and come in a variety of options from name-brand to generic. Be sure users are reading the package and taking proper dosages of these pills.

Antacids

Upset stomach and heartburn are uncomfortable and can make sitting through a workday hard. With antacid tablets and anti-diarrhea products, you can provide relief for sufferers in no time.  Options in boxes with individual packets are available for easier dispensing.

Check out the array of products available at 1St Aid Supplies to ensure your home and workplace have all of the tools and products needed to address any emergency or non-emergency situation that can crop up.

 
Treating Burns with a First Aid Kit

Emergencies in the home and at the workplace happen more often than we think. Tripping and falling, or accidently getting too close to something hot and being burned, is pretty common. The best way to be prepared is with a first aid kit.

One of the more serious of injuries that can occur and will need attention from staff, depending on severity, are burns. Small burns can be treated on the spot while more detrimental burns require medical attention. Here are some tips for treating burns with a first aid kit.

Stop the Burn

First things first, when a burn happens you need to stop it from getting worse. That means removing it from the heat source and then cooling it down with cold running water. If there is no access to water at the time, a water-based, water-soluble gel can work to draw out the heat and cool the skin while at the same time protecting the wound from any airborne contamination.

Apply Ointment

Soothing the burn is the next step in addressing the wound. Your kit should have the right ointments to care for burns like antiseptic sprays and antibiotic treatments that provide immediate, anesthetic care for minor burns. Keeping proper dressings in your first aid kit to cool the burn can prevent tissue damage or infection.

Bandage

To prevent further infection from exposure of a burn wound, you should wrap it with gauze and bandages after you have treated it. All first aid kits should include gauze which is the easiest way to wrap and cover wounds or hold dressings in place.

Without the right first aid supplies however, you might still find yourself in a pinch during an emergency. That’s why it’s important to plan and have a first aid kit on hand filled with the proper supplies for your work environment’s most likely incidents. Someone who works in a science lab for example may need different items from someone operating a forklift.

1staidsupplies.com offers solutions for burn care so your employees will be prepared in case of a small emergency or until medical attention can be given. Browse our burn care category for more information.

 
Protective Equipment: Why Choosing the Right Eyewear is Critical

Protective eyewear is critical for hazardous workplaces. Flying debris can easily cause damage to the eyes, or worse, impair vision totally. For workplaces, the potential for medical costs, fines and lost production time are also detrimental.

Don’t put your business or your employees at risk, get the right eyewear on site and be sure everyone uses it. Here are a few hazards to the eyes and how they can be resolved with the right safety glasses.

Debris

Debris both large and small can potentially shoot across a room at any time. In industries where cutting, grinding or hammering away at materials like glass, wood or metal occurs, the chances of shrapnel, shards or slivers making their way into the air and into someone’s eye is greatly increased.

Since this is the most common type of eye injury in the workplace, it’s the one to pay most attention too. Especially since these objects are typically very small and hard to see and can cause the most damage — including total loss of vision.

Consider protective glasses that have shields above and around the eyes and that fit snuggly on the users face, or a lightweight wrap around style for short term exposure situations such a visitors walking through your shop floor.

Chemicals

Chemicals are a risk to the eyes as much as they are to other areas of the body. A simple splash back from a chemical can do sufficient damage and require immediate first aid attention. The protective eyewear used in these workplaces should guard the eyes from below, above and around the sides of the face where a splash can enter.

In these conditions, you may want to consider a goggle with ventilation. If the glasses are comfortable to wear and breathable, you’ll improve the chances employees keeping the eyewear on and dangerous chemicals out.

Burns

Burns are a great concern for welders who are exposed to harmful light rays throughout the day. Depending on the type of welding work being done and how perfect the welds must be, there may be dark lens options or mandatory helmet requirements.

Understanding what your workers need to perform the job is an important factor when considering which eyewear to select. In addition to compliance and regulatory standards, you should select eyewear that is comfortable (even for those who already wear eyeglasses) while still offering protection.

1stAidSupplies.com carries a large selection of safety glasses and googles so you can choose the type that’s right for you and your employees. Check them out HERE

 
Hurricane Safety Supplies Your First Aid Kit Needs Now

first aid kit with supplies

Hurricane season is upon us. And this year has already proven to be quite an active one with many more brewing in the Atlantic. As Irma’s devastation moves past, many are now focusing on hurricane Jose and tropical storm Maria which is strengthening. With the uncertainty of these storms making landfall, disaster preparation is imperative.

Having a first aid kit on hand is the only way to ensure you can quickly tend to an emergency should it occur. Everything from bandages to wound dressings and ointments are a great way to be prepared.

Have you looked over your first aid kit lately to ensure it’s fully stocked?

Medications

Something you might not think about before an impending emergency comes along is the fact that you may not have access to routine medications or other medical supplies you will need. Keeping an extra backup of these items on hand for emergencies can be critical in some cases. Other pain relief and cold meds are also great to have on hand for common aches and pains or other issues caused simply from the stress of a disaster.

First Aid for the Skin

While first aid kits are a great item to treat burns or other skin irritations that could occur, there are other needs for skin care products in a first aid kit that you should consider. In heavy floods or when access to clean running water is restricted and when bacteria can be spread easily, you’ll want to make sure your first aid kit has hand sanitizers and wipes readily available. Bug repellents are also a great idea to stock up on as sitting water can attract insects.

Instruments

It’s a good idea to have instruments like tweezers and scissors in your first aid kit because you never know when you need to remove glass or other shrapnel from under someone’s skin or quickly cut something in an emergency. Sometimes the fastest way to get to a wound is to cut away clothes blocking the wound that needs immediate attention.  

Extra Supplies

If you know there’s going to be a specific event that could cause issues coming up, it might be smart to stock up on extra supplies. Many times in a disaster, you’ll have a larger number of incidents to address during that time. You can never go wrong by adding some extra gauze and ointments to your kit or adding new supplies you’ll likely need during a disaster.

1st Aid Supplies offers all the supplies you need to be prepared for any situation. Whether you’re looking to buy an entire first aid kit or just need to stock up on a few items, rest assured you’ll be prepared and safe.