Be Prepared for Any Emergency - The Smiling Heart

Be Prepared for Any Emergency

Accidents never happen when it is convenient, and you can’t schedule them into your busy life so that they happen when you are expecting them to. There will always be that element of surprise. Accidents will happen when you least expect them and when it is the worst possible time. The good news is that you can plan for them so that you will be in a bit of a better situation when you get a bad scrape or get injured some other way.

Kids Will Get Hurt

Kids are notorious for getting hurt, and unless you wrap them in bubble wrap when they go out to play or keep them inside all year, there is really no way to avoid it. The best thing that you can do is to be prepared so that you are able to handle whatever happens.

Keep a Fully Stocked First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a must for any household and especially if you have kids at home. You should keep your first aid kit in a central location in your home and where everyone knows where it is. A first aid kit won’t do you any good if you can’t find it when you need it.

There are a number of things that you should always keep in your first aid kit, but there are a few extras that you should include as well. You also want to make sure that whenever you take something out that out replace the supplies that you took out of your kit. Your kit should include items such as:

  • An antibiotic ointment
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Sterile gauze rolls and pads
  • Instant cold presses
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Disposable medical gloves
  • Ace bandages
  • Tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Scissors
  • Bulb syringe
  • Cotton balls and swabs

You should also keep a fully stocked medicine cabinet that includes medicines such as antacids, nausea medication, cough medicines, and pain and fever reducers. You should also have medical dosage spoons or syringes so that you can and-minster the proper dosage. Your kit should also include things that are tailored to the area that you live in so if you have rattlesnakes where you live you should also include a rattlesnake antivenom kit as well.

If any of your children or family members have certain medical conditions, it is also a good idea to include their medicine in there as well. You can tailor your first aid kit to your household, but these are just a few of the basic items that you should include. You should include some surgical supplies that you can use to perform minor surgery or even suturing such as a straight and curved hemostat, sutures and needle and nylon suture. Your kit should also include a save a tooth system that will preserve a knocked out tooth for up to 24 hours. That way you will be able to take it to the dentist and have it reattached.

Get Some Training

It is also a great idea to take a CPR course and first aid course in the event that someone is hurt so that you know what to do in a possible panicked situation. The better prepared you are, the better able you will be to handle any emergency situation. Even if you feel like you can handle pretty much anything, you may react differently when someone is bleeding everywhere, and you are in the middle of a chaotic situation when someone is hurt. You may panic or freeze up, and you need to be able to go through motions of fixing someone up. If you have already rehearsed this situation or a similar situation already in practice, it will be much easier if you to remember what to do.

If you have a well-stocked emergency kit, you will most likely be able to handle the situation on your own, and you can skip a trip to the hospital. In most cases, you can handle an accident on your own if you have the proper tools and supplies on hand. But it is a good idea to have emergency numbers in posted in a few places in your home as well and in your kit.