Having the right essential first aid equipment in your home can go a long way to keeping everyone safe. Of course, you can’t have or do everything. There are times when you will have to seek professional medical assistance. However, having the basics to hand can limit the impact of accidents in the home.
What essential first aid equipment should I have in the house?
- Plasters: These are used to stop bleeding. Using a plaster also allows you to keep open cuts covered, helping keep these in a hygienic condition. If wearing a plaster at work in a kitchen, these should be blue, so they are easy to spot if they come off. What’s more, applying a plaster to a cut on a child’s finger can have a miraculous placebo effect and avert tears before bedtime
- Bandages: Swift, efficient compression can go a long way to minimising the impact of sprain injuries. Sprains are normally suffered following slips, trips and falls. They are best treated following the M.I.C.E. acronym – Motion, Ice, Compression, Elevation. For effective compression, you need to have proper first aid bandages to hand.
- Cold and hot compresses: As a rule of thumb – hot packs for muscular injuries, cold packs for joints. Bags of ice and/or frozen produce can also be used for treating sprains. However, having a dedicated cold compress in the house means you’ll never be without one. It’s also more hygienic. Hot compresses are ideal for soothing aching muscles following intensive activity or a muscular strain injury. They can also help relieve back pain and other aches.
- Tweezers: Any parent will tell you that removing splinters becomes an almost daily activity. Tweezers allow you to do this quickly, efficiently and as free of pain as possible. Having a separate pair specifically for first aid purposes is also more hygienic.
Making an accident claim
Of course, if you take great care to minimise the risk of accidents in the home, you’d expect the same elsewhere. However, sadly, this isn’t always the case. Therefore, it’s important to remember that if you are injured in an accident at work, on the road or in a public place, you have a case for injury compensation.
Call our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline today to find out more. Following an initial consultation, it’s entirely up to you to press ahead with a claim. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.