Have you got your winter first aid kit yet?

About first aid kits

winter first aid kit

First Aid kits have become a necessary in schools, colleges, offices and even in cars. This is because of obvious reasons. However most of the people make the first aid kit with lot of enthusiasm but ultimately keep it away and forget them until and unless something major happens. For years and years it will stay like that until the need arises. But when the need arises, people find that the medicines and other such articles have become out of date and cannot be used further.

People should make it a point to take out their first aid kits in the beginning of winters and summers and all the items to be examined and updated if necessary. There are latest technologies being released everyday so just a kit with medicine and bandages won’t do anymore. One needs to keep a bit more than that in those kits. People can also go for ready-made first aid kits, but then those kits have very little content amounting to only basic ones.

Contents of a winter first aid kit

During winters people are more cautious and tend to build a winter first aid kit. Let’s have a look at a few winter first aid kit contents.

  • Antiseptic Wipes and Sprays: these wipes and sprays come into use when you get bruised. In winters people usually get hurt more and feel the pain more too. These sprays and wipes help during emergency.
  • Gauze to clean wounds: doctors always say never use cotton to clean wounds as it sticks to the wound and does not let it dry. Gauze on the other hand helps clean the wound without sticking to the flesh or the cut.
  • Crepe bandage: this one is a very necessary content of the first aid box. Even if you are not hurt on the exteriors of your body, it is quite possible that you are hurt internally in your muscles. Crepe bandange comes in handy when you have a sprain or a muscle pain.
  • Scissors: without scissors a first aid box looks incomplete. Scissors are very important for cutting bandages, threads, medicine pouches etc. Not only in first aid box but scissors come very hands in times of any emergency.
  • Safety Pins: even if you have bandaged yourself, how do you plan to keep the bandage in place? You cannot obviously apply glue. In this case, safety pins are of great help.
  • Thermometer: thermometers are also a basic instrument present in the first aid box. As we all know it is used to measure the body temperature. Fever is a very common type of problem so thermometers can come very handy then.
  • Eye wash solution: eye is quite a sensitive part and when you have some irritation in your eye, you automatically stop functioning as a whole. If you are in some remote area where you do not have access to water, then this solution will be useful to wash your eyes.

Many people like to include ointments like antiseptic, bite, sprays, wipes etc. tablets like ibuprofen and paracetamol can also be kept. A few pain killers might also be useful.

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