Be Prepared for Summer Emergencies

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If a summer filled with fun activities is your goal – packing a first-aid kit to address the inevitable bumps, bites, abrasions and blisters – will keep you on track. Meriter Emergency Services nurse Cory Morrisard recommends keeping first-aid essential within arm’s reach.

Morrisard, a father of three, recommends a small, water-proof bag that’s easy to stash in the glove compartment, suitcase, backpack or golf bag. And what would he put on the essential list?

”Number one, a cell phone,” says Morrisard. “Keep your old phone and the battery charger in the car and you’ll always be able to reach 911 for help.” He also suggests:

  • Hand cleaner
  • 2 pairs of exam gloves 
  • Several sizes of adhesive bandages
  • Medical tape
  • Gauze wrap
  • Several 4-inch gauze squares
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Small flashlight, with batteries
  • Instant cold packs
  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprophen
  • Benadryl
  • Extra bags for disposing of contaminated material

Meriter has handy First-Aid guides – one for adults, one for children – that you can tuck into any emergency kit. Click here to have a set mailed to your home.

Because of the medications in the first-aid kit, Morrisard recommends you store your kit in a place that is out of children’s reach but easily accessible for adults. “I also recommend putting a note on your calendar to check the kit regularly to make sure it’s fully stocked, medications haven’t expired and batteries still work.”

Lastly, if you’re flying be sure to pack the first-aid kit in your checked luggage. Many of the items won’t be permitted in your carry-on bags.

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