The medicine cabinet in most homes is only opened in a time of accident or emergency, therefore the tablets, tape and other potions it contains may well be past their used by date as they may not have been accessed and checked for quite some time.
Regular inspection of the items you store will be invaluable in times of need and will reduce the need to madly rush around the house to find the right bits and pieces.
Out of date products can not only be dangerous to use but their potency is diminished and are valid for a certain period of time, once expired they are no longer reliable.
There are some items your home First Aid kit should contain to ensure you have the ready supplies to meet basic incidents:
- Sterile gloves
- Painkillers – if there are children in the house or regularly visiting ensure you have a child’s version
- Sterile gauze
- Band Aids in varying sizes
- Tweezers for splinters etc.
- Sunburn lotion
- Eye drops
Keep this in a secure but easy to access location and if small children are around either ensure there is a lock of some type attached.
You will also need to keep an eye on vitamins as they have expiry dates too. Consuming any product where the date is no longer valid is not advised.
Small versions of your First Aid Kit should be stored in your vehicle and taken with you on long journeys especially if you or your loved ones have specific health and medical needs.
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