Staying Safe This Winter

First Aid Kits: What To Look For And Where To Keep Them

While it's not something that everyone thinks about, having a properly stocked first aid kit on hand can be of critical importance in the event of an injury. Unfortunately, it only really becomes evident when you don't have one, or when the one you have doesn't contain what you need. Where a first aid kit is kept will play a big part in what should be in it, so knowing what to look for in kits for your home and office or your vehicle will help you to be certain you're prepared.

Home and Office First Aid

The nature of the injuries possible while at home or at work has a lot to do with what you need in a first aid kit. More than that, the availability of storage makes it easier to keep more first aid supplies on hand, both in variety and volume. Any first aid kit for a fixed location should be substantial, easily accessed in an emergency, and anyone who might need it should be aware of its location.

Standard cuts and scrapes should be no sweat for the average first aid kit, but you should also have a substantial supply of gauze padding and adhesive tape for larger injuries. Over the counter pain relievers are also a good idea, and some kits designed for office spaces even offer individually wrapped dosages. Look at kits containing cloth bandages as well, which can be wrapped around sprains or used to hold gauze pads in place over larger cuts or lacerations.

First Aid on the Road

A first aid kit designed for storage in a car needs to be compact, simply because of the lack of space for it. The trunk makes a good place for storing a first aid kit, but only if it can be secured inside to avoid damage to the container. More recently, first aid kits have been designed for storage under bench seating or under front passenger seats.

Just because a kit is smaller doesn't mean you shouldn't have what you need, instead you should simply find fewer of each item. When looking for first aid kits for sale, avoid kits that leave out essentials, like cloth bandages and gauze, but similarly avoid kits with too much space taken up by bulky packaging. Sterile wrappers are nice, but they shouldn't double the volume of an item.

Regardless of where a first aid kit is kept, make sure you're aware of its contents and age. Certain materials have expiration dates, others degrade over time, and even if you don't use it you'll need to restock or replace it based on these factors.