How to Start a First Aid Ready Household
As parents protecting our kids is a top priority. This includes being ready to act fast when there are emergencies. But since parents aren’t with their kids 100% of the time, it helps to know that your household is first aid ready. Here are some steps on how you can prepare the household to handle emergencies.
- Increase Level of Awareness. People who know what to do are less likely to panic during emergencies. Thus it would help to teach kids and caregivers about the importance of first aid. Start by reading first aid readiness materials or attend a First Aid for kids Training Program. You can then share the information you learned to other household members. This can help them deal with simple emergencies like cuts and burns to more serious ones. Increased level of awareness can also help ease the fears of kids when faced with an emergency situation. This is because recognizing emergencies and knowing what to do in such situations can somehow bring comfort.
- Plan for Emergencies. Earthquakes, fire, and flooding are some of the common emergencies that one can plan for in advance. There have been regular earthquake drills conducted in some schools and communities in the past few years. But if you want your household to be first aid ready, then you should also plan for these eventualities.
- Take Time to Train for First Aid. Knowing what to do is just half the battle in first aid readiness. Being first aid ready means you are also able to apply first aid concepts properly when needed. This is especially crucial when applying Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation or CPR for kids and toddlers. As such it doesn’t hurt to invest some time in honing these life saving skills.
- Get Your Gear Ready. Always have your first aid kit prepped and ready for use. This means making sure that the contents of your first aid kit are complete. Hence any special medication or prescription for family members should also be part of the kit. Aside from a first aid kit at home, one should also have a kit ready for travel needs. The contents of your first aid kit would of course depend on the type of activities you intend to do.