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The Contents of a Useful First Aid Kit

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

The best items in an emergency kit

When a storm strikes your business in Yelm, WA, you never know what you might encounter. If the storm comes when there are people in the building it's possible injuries may result. Anything serious, of course, should be referred to the hospital or an ambulance should be called in; however, there could be smaller injuries that will respond to some first aid on the spot. Having a well-equipped first aid kit on the premises is one of the first lines of defense in an emergency. So long as it is stocked properly, it can help take care of cuts from broken windows, minor abrasions from falls and small burns from hot surfaces.

The Best Items in an Emergency Kit

It's a good idea to check with OSHA to see if your company has to comply with specific standards for a medical kit. In general, a kit for a small business should have some or all of the following supplies:

  • A variety of sizes of sterile gauze pads
  • An assortment of adhesive bandages
  • Moistened towelettes to clean wounds
  • A resuscitation bag, pocket mask or airway device
  • Latex gloves
  • Scissors

It's also a good idea to have instructions in the first aid kit for calling emergency personnel. This includes medical contacts as well as a team of storm damage experts to call to the scene.

The Main Keys of Good Planning

When it comes to emergency preparedness, your company should have several plans in place for storms and fire control. A first step is appointing someone from the company to be in charge of the plan. This person can contact the local authorities and set up training sessions for the company. Every employee should know where to go in the case of a tornado, a fire or any other emergency. They should be aware of the location of the first aid kit and its contents.

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