Dare to Prepare

Dare to Prepare

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Let’s face it: Accidents happen. People slip and fall, you cut yourself slicing vegetables — if it can go wrong it will and it will go wrong at the worst possible time! There’s nothing worse than trying to rig up a bandage with a paper towel and piece of tape (trust me). Be ready for whatever life throws at you with Allstate or a stocked up first aid kit. The first step to putting together your first aid kit is getting the right container. You want it to be portable, durable and roomy enough to fit everything you need in it. Tackle boxes and art supply boxes are ideal and easy to open. Next, you need to fill your box. Your first aid kit should contain all of the following items:

  •  First-aid manual
  • Sterile gauze  
  • Adhesive tape
  • Adhesive bandages in several sizes
  • Elastic bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Soap
  • Antibiotic cream (triple-antibiotic ointment)
  • Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
  • Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • Extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation)
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Disposable instant cold packs
  • Calamine lotion
  • Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Plastic gloves (at least 2 pairs)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross)
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Blanket (stored nearby)

0208GIBBERMAN.gif Of course, if you don’t want to buy everything individually to fill your first aid kit, you can buy one already put together. FirstAidNeeds.com offers pre-made kits for just about any situation including travel, swimming and camping and even has an excursion pack for trips lasting from two to seven days. It’s a good idea to keep one kit at home and another in the car, especially when you are going to be outside or on a long trip. And because there are several chemicals in the kits, you will want to keep the kits out of the reach of children. Now that you have your first-aid kit stocked, make sure you know how to use it! You don’t want to have an emergency and all the tools to fix it but have no idea where to start! Take some time to look over the first-aid manual. It will give you the basics and let you know at what point you should consult a doctor. Of course, it’s always a good idea to take a first aid or CPR class. Your local Red Cross chapter offers comprehensive lessons that cover everything from shock to poisoning. Class registration ranges from $30 to $65. For a list of classes currently open, visit the Cincinnati Area Chapter class information page. For more information, visit the Cincinnati Area Chapter’s Web site.


Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography
Location: The McAlpin
Model: Denise Dal Vera
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