From slips, trips and falls to scalding injuries or burns; from insect bites and stings to cuts and lacerations, accidents can occur anywhere and any time. Keeping a first aid kit in the house is important to enable you to deal with any minor injuries quickly and effectively.
Stocking a first aid kit in the house
To ensure you have everything you need in case of a slip, trip or fall, a cutting injury or an insect sting or bite, you should stock the first aid kit in the house with the following basic supplies:
- Various sizes and shapes of plasters
- Sterile gauze dressings
- Sterile eye dressings
- Crêpe rolled bandages
- Triangular bandages
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Safety pins
- Cleansing wipes (alcohol-free)
- Sticky tape
- A thermometer
- Hydrocortisone, calendula or a similar skin rash cream
- Insect bite and sting-relief cream or spray
- Antiseptic cream
- Antihistamine tablets
- Cough medicine
- Eye bath and eye wash
- Distilled water for the cleaning of wounds
Keeping an instruction booklet or first aid manual with your first aid kit in the house is also recommended. The kit should be kept in a dry, cool place, locked and away from children.
Administering first aid
Knowing what to do in case of an emergency is also important, as what you do when someone sustains a personal injury can make the difference between a wound healing quickly and complications making matters worse.
It may help to either get a first aid course or at least read-up a little on the subject. Relevant information can be found on NHS, Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Websites, for instance.
When something happens away from home
If you are injured by an accident in a shop, restaurant or other public establishments, you should also seek immediate treatment. In most cases, a trained first aider should be on the premises, but it is also recommended to seek assistance by medical professionals.
This is important for two reasons. First of all, even trained first aid personnel is not always able to diagnose accidental injuries correctly. What looks like an ankle sprain after a trip and fall may, for instance, turn out to be a broken ankle.
Secondly, if your trip, slip or fall injury, or any other injury, for that matter, was caused by someone else, you could qualify for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline staff can help you make a personal injury claim. Call our helpline on freephone 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, or 0800 689 0500 from a landline, for detailed information now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice