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There are a number of places you need to put a first aid kit. Whether your on the boat fishing with the family, or on the construction site with co-workers, it's always good to have a first aid kit near by.  Almost all workers compensation providers require places of employment to have a first aid kit in place and it is also a good idea to have one in the car as well as in your travel bag when camping or going on holiday. However, investing in a first aid kit for your home is also important.

First aid kits allow you to keep all the items you need in the event of an emergency or injury right at your fingertips. Having all of these items stored together ahead of time means you can handle the emergency or injury in the best way possible without running around the house looking for Band-Aids or having to go out to the shop to find the right materials to handle the injury.

There are places where you can buy a first aid kit that is already pre made such as at the drug store or a Red Cross. However, many renters will look at making their own which can be cheaper. You can use any type of bag, duffel bag, backpack or even waterproof storage container for your home first aid kit. As long as you can access the supplies at a moment's notice, then you are okay.

DIY First Aid Kits

If you are building your own first aid kit at home then you will need several different medical supplies. Things like Band-Aids, sterile gauze pads, adhesive tapes and adhesive bandages are standard and used in the event of cuts, scrapes, gashes and other injuries. You should also have antiseptic wipes and an antiseptic solution as well as soap, ointment, creams, a splint, tweezers and safety pins, all of which can be handy in the event of an emergency.

Additional items to add to a first aid kit include painkiller medication such as ibuprofen, disposable cold packs or heating packs, calamine lotion and alcohol wipes. Non medication equipment include a blanket, a list of emergency phone numbers, a flashlight and batteries, a thermometer, latex gloves and water, all of which may be required in the event of an emergency. Make sure you also have a fire extinguisher and working fire alarm handy as well.

You can buy all of these items at a drug store. Grab a shopping trolley and make a day of it. You may be spending close to a hundred dollars on all the items but this is expected and will come in handy. Having a fully stocked first aid kit in place can provide you with an extra level of comfort just in case.

Take the time to also shop around for a first aid manual which can be purchased in any book store. You can also print off manuals online for free or you can get them at a CPR or first aid course. After all, having the equipment is important but it is also important to have a guide to follow in the event of a serious fall, head injury, snake bite, deep cut, burn, etc.

Think about the various dangers around the home. If you are living in an area where there are snakes and spiders, then have the right materials to handle these things. If you are in an area where it is extremely cold and frost bite may be an issue, then make sure you are prepared with heat bags and other necessities. Building a proper first aid kit requires basic everyday injury necessities as well as items designed for the specific dangers and hazards around your rental property.

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