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A Time to Act – Fire Prevention

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Deaths from fires and burns are one of the most common causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States. There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of fire-related injury and death in the home. These include installing and regularly testing smoke alarms and practicing a fire escape plan at least twice a year.

Fire prevention articles:

National Fire Prevention Association

Fire Safety and Prevention from the Red Cross

Photo source: public domain – Firefighters attacking a house fire. Location is 1411 Third Avenue in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States, seen about two hours before upload time; the residence was constructed in 1910.

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First Aid Kit – Contents

First Aid in Tool Chest

by LDS Intelligent Living

Here is a list based on what The Red Cross and the Portland Fire Department recommend to have in a First Aid kit.

Household First Aid kit:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages/Band-Aids in assorted sizes
  • Assorted sizes of safety pins
  • Cleansing agent/soap
  • Latex gloves (2 pairs) (use to protect from infection, can be made into ice packs)
  • Sunscreen SPF of 30 or greater
  • Instant ice pack 
  • 2″ sterile gauze pads (4-6)
  • 4″ sterile gauze pads (4-6) (use to cover and clean wounds, also as a soft eye patch)
  • 2″ sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • 3″ sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
  • Medical Scissors or regular sharp scissors
  • Medicine dropper
  • Tweezers with pointed tips (use for stinger, splinter, or tick removal)
  • Sterile needle for splinters
  • Moistened towelettes or baby wipes
  • Antiseptic wipes (use to cleanse wounds)
  • Antibiotic ointment Polysporin, Neosporin, or other
  • Thermometer (oral and rectal for babies)
  • Tongue blades (2)
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Calamine lotion (use to relieve itching and scratching)
  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication (Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, or similar)
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (to induce vomiting, use only if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Sanitary napkins (2-4) (use as temporary dressing, padding over an injury, or to cover large wounds)
  • Ace bandage (use to provide firm support for sprains or strained joints)
  • Scarves, triangular cloth (use for splints)
  • Sterile water (use to flush wounds and cool burns)
  • Kerlex, Kling (6 rolls) or any other brand of roller bandages (use to wrap over dressings and secure splints)
  • First Aid instruction manual

First Aid Kit idea for household, click here

Car First Aid Kit idea, click here

Photo source: LDS Intelligent Living