Three places you should always have a first aid kit 

Topics: National, First Aid and CPR
February 28, 2013

Three places you should always have a first aid kit

Emergencies can happen at any moment, but by preparing for potential situations before they occur, you can help protect your loved ones and yourself.

As an active charity organization, the Canadian Red Cross responds to disasters and helps people prepare for potential emergencies with first aid and CPR training. In addition to taking a first aid and CPR course, one of the best ways to be prepared is by investing in a first aid kit.

By including medical equipment and other essential items, first aid kits offer an important level of support during times of need. Still, it's equally important that you place kits in the right areas. Whether you're at home or in your car, having a first aid kit nearby can make a difference.

Locations for first aid kits
Having supplies ready for any situation is important, which is why you should have first aid kits located at convenient areas, including your car, home and office.

In the event of an emergency or disaster, you may be unable to leave your home, which can make a first aid kit one of the best resources you'll be able to access. Likewise, if you're confined to your office and unable to leave due to the conditions outside, keeping an emergency kit near your desk can help relieve stress. 

If you commute by private vehicle, you should make an effort to include a first aid kit in your trunk or back seat. This can help you if you ever encounter emergencies along the road, like accidents or inclement weather.

What items should first aid kits feature?
If you're assembling your own first aid kit, it's important to include certain items. For medical emergencies that arise, it's essential to have sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, bandages, scissors and tweezers. Instant ice packs, safety pins and disposable non-latex gloves may not be among the first things you pack, but they are must-have items within a first aid kit.  

If the power goes out, having a battery-powered radio and flashlights can be essential. Blankets, extra articles of clothing and supplies to care for infants can help families feel secure in the aftermath of an emergency.

While you can add other items to your kit, having these products within your reach can be crucial during emergency situations.

Take action
First aid kits provide an essential layer of support during emergencies and can help ensure that your family has the tools necessary to survive unforeseen situations. 

The Canadian Red Cross strives to help those in need with a variety of programs that provide valuable assistance in the aftermath of natural disasters, emergencies and other incidents.

If you want to prepare your family for the future, you can purchase a first aid kit directly from the Canadian Red Cross.

You can also show your support for the Canadian Red Cross by choosing to make a donate today either online or at your local Canadian Red Cross office. Each contribution will help benefit the Canadian Red Cross' humanitarian work domestically and abroad. 

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