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Every home should have a first aid kit. This is the safety feature that can save lives when you least expect it. You never know when someone will be poked with a knife, will fall off his bike, or will have something even worse happen to him. That’s when you can whip out the first aid kit and be prepared for anything that comes your way.

Your first aid kit should include a closed container with a manual on how to administer certain types of first aid. It should be kept in a cool dry location that children can’t and won’t get to, but could if there’s an emergency and they need to get to it. But you also need to remember where the first aid kit is at all times in case there’s an emergency. The most typical place to keep a first aid kit is in an upper linen closet, high in a medicine cabinet, or in a cabinet above your stove in your kitchen. Here’s a list of items you should be sure to keep in your first aid kit.

· Sterile cotton.
· Gauze.
· Elastic bandage or brace.
· Bandages.
· Cotton swabs
· Piece of fabric (in case you need to make a sling).
· Sterile pads.
· Thermometer.
· Antiseptic salve.
· Hot-water bottle
· Calamine lotion
· Ipecac syrup
· Ice pack.
· Flashlight.
· Sewing needle
· Blanket
· Batteries

You want to also keep any other medicines you or your family might need in case of an emergency. If you have someone who is allergic to bee stings, you need to keep the appropriate medicine handy at all times. If someone in your family has asthma, you need to make sure the asthma medication is available. Further, it’s imperative that you regularly check all dated medicine to make sure it’s still good. It doesn’t help you any to serve outdated medicine to someone if it won’t work.