Keep your First Aid Kit at home, car and in your purse
As a First Aid & CPR instructor, I encourage students to keep first aid kit handy and well‐ stocked. I recommend them for the home, car and for the purse. It’s until you need first aid, then you really appreciate this advice. I have been a beneficiary of this practice a few times. Times I’m really glad I listen to myself!
Here are 3 events when I needed first aid and/ or emergency supplies:
1. I made a deep cut in my finger while cutting the thick eggplant stem in my garden. Blood is spurting out as I walk quickly from the backyard to the garage for the first aid kit. I manage to ruffle through and find gauze and bandages with one hand. After numerous anti‐septic pads and gauze, I managed to control the bleeding and bandage the wound. I’m glad my kits were in the garage and easily accessible.
2. In the summer, I took my godson to his soccer game. It unexpectedly rained and got cold very quickly. I had 90 minutes ahead of me. I either stay in the car or stand out in the cold rain with no umbrella and freeze. Thankfully, I found my wool-‐like first aid blanket in the car trunk. Great for shelter in the rain, as it keeps warmth and resists getting wet. Perfect! I covered my head and body, like a poncho, and made a “window” to still watch my godson play. Other parents were offering their umbrellas, however they were dry and still shivering. I was content and only a bit cold in my legs. I certainly stood out in the sidelines, but I was warm!
3. In the recent power‐failure in my area, we were out of power for 10‐12 hours until late night. With an electric stove, I could not make dinner. I took out my ‘survival kit’ from the garage, containing my portable potholder stand and fuel tablets (similar to what you would use for camping). I found a pot, lighted the tablets, and placed the pot on the stand on the kitchen floor. After a good 30‐40 minutes, the water was boiling, my pasta was cooking and dinner was almost ready. It was a bit of a waiting game. At least, we were able to cook and enjoy a spontaneous “candle‐light” dinner.
It can “happen to you”
So, what’s my message? It may seem silly to be really prepared, and almost nerd‐like. The “it won’t happen to me” attitude may prevail. However, it may happen and it does – when you least expect it. So being prepared does ease the stress of a first aid emergency or situation. It also will help provide better care for the injured person, in a timely manner.
Take the time, gather the resources and keep your family prepared! It’s worthwhile. I’m glad I practice what I preach – most of the time.