Day 5 – National Preparedness Month Challenge – Make a First Aid Kit Inventory
Have you ever noticed that if you leave a box of adhesive bandages out on the bathroom counter your children will find a use for them – and before you know it, they’re GONE! This happens in my house – all. the. time – and when we really do have a need for a bandage, none can be found.
What do we end up doing then…why raiding our first aid kits of course! It was suggested to me by a wise mother, that I ought to purchase some bandages at the dollar store for just such a “sticky finger” occasion. I plan on doing it today.
As I was preparing to write this, I pulled out my small first aid kit to see how badly it has been raided and start my inventory process. This is what I found…it’s a complete mess.
Actually we have several first aid kits in our home, from this small portable kit that I put together with a few items, and a big professional one that I purchased at Costco. These each have a use in our home. I have also utilized just about every drawer and cupboard in the bathrooms, to store extra supplies.
Unfortunately, I have lost track of what I have – and what we’ve used – and where it is – so it’s time to inventory and restock.
Today’s Challenge: Inventory your first aid supplies and make sure you have a small portable kit
GOOD: Only you know how much is needed for your family, so here are some general guidelines:
// 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
// 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
// 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
// 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
// 5 antiseptic wipe packets
// 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
// 1 blanket (space blanket)
// 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
// 1 instant cold compress
// 2 pair of non-latex gloves (size: large)
// 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
// 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
// 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
// 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
// 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
// Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
// 2 triangular bandages
// First aid instruction booklet
* This list is a suggestion. You should use it as the basis for creating a personalized first aid kit that will fit your family needs. Not all of these items will fit in your “kit”, some will need to be stored in an easily accessed location In your home.