Consider the many places you and your loved ones go on a day-to-day or month-to-month basis. You’re at home, at work, on vacation, swimming, hiking, camping, playing ball, engaging in all kinds of activities. Although it’s no fun to think about, at any time you or someone you love can become a potential casualty to a life-threatening situation. [/toggle]
It probably isn’t even a matter of if something should happen… it’s more a matter of when something will happen. We’ve all seen it happen while driving, working or playing. The sight can leave you feeling unequipped, frightened… possibly even paralyzed.
It’s a grim fact of life for parents, young children, the elderly, caregivers, campers, hikers, sailors, co-workers, sports enthusiasts, drivers, emergency responders, every person everywhere: 24/7/365, every time the second hand moves, someone needs first aid. When it’s your turn to help or to receive help, will you have what you need to address the emergency until professional responders can arrive?
Questions You Need to Answer to Make Sure You’re Prepared
If you have an Emergency Medical First Aid Kit:
1. How long has it been since you’ve checked the expiration dates on the perishable items? Have you used some of the items and failed to replace them?
2. Do you know what’s missing so you can replace what you’ve used?
If your emergency first aid kit was purchased “on the cheap” (because saving money is usually sensible)
3.. Does it offer enough essential items to care for more than a skinned knee or an imbedded splinter?
4. Is it equipped with the unique items that you and your family require (prescription drugs, allergy or asthma remedies, diabetic supplies, etc.) should you be stranded or should stores shut down due to weather conditions or a localized disaster?
5. Do you know what is inside a professional first-responder’s “tool kit”? Do you have many of the same items in your own first aid kit? Do you know how to use them properly?
In a heartbeat you can become the first line of defense after a catastrophic injury, accident, illness or allergic reaction. With the proper tools and some easy-to-remember information and tactics, you can quickly become more confident about fulfilling the role that fate can assign to you without your permission.