Is the thought of your First Aid kit (or lack of one) stressing you out? This is a sign that you need to get your First Aid preparedness back on track - at work, at home or in your vehicle.
At Pacific First Aid, we believe that emergency preparedness is a combination of practical First Aid skills, and knowing how to use the items in your First Aid kit.
Ready to learn how to apply First Aid skills and effectively make the most use out of your First Aid kit?
In this guide, we're sharing our best tips on how to stock up your First Aid kit appropriately so that you can be prepared for any emergency situations you may encounter.
But first…why does it even matter?
We believe that everything needs to earn its place in your First Aid kit. When you know where everything is in your kit, you will feel more in control during any situation. When every item has its home in your kit (and you know where that home is), in any emergency:
Alternatively, if your First Aid kit is a mess, in any emergency situation:
From our experience, most First Aid kits fall into one of two categories:
This First Aid kit looks like it's been through a lot. Items aren't placed in the right place, or in place at all. The same items can be found scattered in different areas of the kit. It may also contain random items that are not First Aid supplies. There may be too many of one item and not enough of another item - but we can't tell because everything is all over the place.
The owners of these First Aid kits can't locate anything they need. They usually either rummage until they find what they need (or find something similar to use during the emergency), or they dump out all the contents, take what they need, and proceed to stuff everything back into the kit and hope the zipper doesn't get caught in random protruding objects.
This First Aid kit might still be in its original packaging. It's either never been used or key essential pieces are missing from this otherwise new kit (bandaids are a common culprit).
There is a false sense of security from the owners of these kits that there is a First Aid kit in reach. But if you don't know how to use your First Aid kit, the First Aid kit can't serve its original purpose - which is to aid in keeping you and your people safe until professional medical help arrives.
PFA's First Aid Kit Stock Up Guide: 4 Steps to be better prepared for emergencies
STEP 1: To get started, ask yourself these questions:
Will it be used for your home, your workplace or your vehicle? Depending on your answer, the contents of this kit will be different due to the type of emergencies you may encounter in each environment.
If you have a small group of people, you will likely be going through less supplies than if your kit was serving a large group.
The First Aid kits at gyms will likely be more frequently accessed than the First Aid kits in most general office settings. Consider how frequently your kit will be reached for and how frequently you will restock up your kit.
STEP 2: Make sure the kit is clean.
You want be storing your First Aid supplies in a clean and sanitary bag. If you bought our PFA kits before, you know that our bags are made with material that is easy to sanitize and clean.
STEP 3: Review the items in your kit and create a restock list of First Aid supplies.
STEP 4: Update your stock-up date.
We like to keep our next stock-up date on a key tag attached to our kit for convenience. A question we get asked a lot is, "How often should we look to stock up our First Aid kits?"
We recommend that First Aid kits be restocked on a regular basis depending on the frequency of usage - at the very least, once every 6 months.
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