CHALLENGE # 2 of a 6 part series

A First Aid Kit for your Family

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and minor medical emergencies.  Your first aid kit should be accessible and portable.  You can purchase a first aid kit at drugstores or a local Red Cross office, or make one of your own.  If you decide to make one, choose a container for your kit that is roomy, durable, simple to open, and easy to carry.  Plastic tackle boxes or containers for
storing craft supplies are ideal as they are lightweight, have handles
and plenty of space.  The Red Cross recommends that a first aid kit
for a family of four include the following:
•  2 absorbent compress dressings (5×9”)
•  25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
•  1 roll of adhesive cloth tape
•  5 antibiotic ointment packages
•  5 antiseptic wipe packets
•  2 packets of aspirin (81  mg each)
•  1 space blanket
•  1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
•  1 instant cold compress
•  2 pair exam gloves
•     2 hydrocortisone ointment packages
•    Scissors
•     Roller bandages
•     Sterile gauze pads
•     2 triangular bandages
•    Thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
•     Tweezers
•     First aid instruction booklet
There isn’t a first aid kit that can contain every item necessary for every situation.  A working cell phone is critical to summon help if needed.
If you completed the last challenge of storing drinking water for your family and now add a first aid kit, you are well on your way to being prepared if an emergency should arise.  Let Christina, Director of Community Relations for PERC, know your success with the challenge by contacting her at christinawaddell@yahoo.com.  Visit www.perc4pq.org for information on the Council.