Medical emergencies can occur in the blink of an eye, when we least expect it. Whether you’re at home, in the office or in the car, having a first aid kit containing the right supplies can be lifesaving in emergency situations.
Keep reading to learn why a first aid kit is essential for every home and car.
1. Manage little accidents
While everyone is prone to accidents and injuries, kids tend to experience them more frequently. almost 60,000 Australian children are hospitalised as a result of accidents each year!
If you’re a parent, chances are you already know that kids are quite good at getting into accidents – from scraped knees to sprained ankles. Whether you’re a parent or guardian, having an accessible first aid kit at home is essential to ensuring the safety of your children.
2. Respond when there are no emergency services available
When an emergency occurs in a remote location, a correctly supplied first aid kit can mean the difference between life and death – especially if emergency services are out of reach or far away.
If you’re planning a road trip, having a first aid kit in your car is a quick and convenient way to ensure that you have what you need in an emergency situation. From burn treatments to CPR masks and tools, a first aid kit should be there to help no matter where you end up.
3. Protect your loved ones anywhere
Imagine you’re having a picnic with friends and family at a park, and someone accidentally cuts themselves with a knife. Not only will having a first aid kit serve as a basic resource for medical assistance, but it will help to stop your loved ones from panicking.
Always check to make sure that your car first aid kit is ready to use and topped up with necessary supplies, such as bandages, cleansing wipes and burn treatments.
4. Save time and money
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that cleaning a cut and placing a bandage on a wound is far cheaper and time-efficient than travelling to a clinic or hospital to seek basic first aid treatment.
First aid kits are designed to treat and manage all kinds of injuries – such as wounds, cuts, and burns. By having a stocked first aid kit at home, you will prevent any unnecessary hospital visits, saving you time and money.
5. Get peace of mind
Accidents and emergencies can happen anywhere – even around the home or on a routine trip. By having a properly stocked first aid kit in your car or at home, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared to help yourself and others.
If you’ve been meaning to put together a first aid kit, but haven’t known where to start, have a read of our guide to what a first aid kit should contain.
Note: a standard first aid kit contains materials that have expiry dates. Materials or items that tend to have a shorter expiry date include burn ointments and sprays. Check every three months to ensure that the items in your first aid kit are still usable.