CLASSROOM – Safety
June is National Safety Month and in the Classroom, it’s an ideal time to put together a first aid kit. Kits range in size. Small kits might fit in the pocket of a purse and hold contain items helpful for minor injuries. Larger kits come in handy when we have more than a headache or scrape.
We carry them in our cars, keep them at home, work or school and take them with us when we go camping. It’s important for students to understand what each item in a first aid kit is for and how it’s used, too. Taking first aid classes helps us all be more prepared for unexpected injuries and accidents, too. While the kits are primarily for adult use, as our children grow, they will be learning to bandage a cut or care for a burn, too. We never know when an emergency will arise.
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THIS WEEK’S PROJECT
Make a first aid kit to take along camping or on family vacations. You can also purchase prepackaged first aid kits at pharmacies, department stores, or online from the Red Cross. If you already have a first aid kit, you want to make sure the items are in good condition and not expired. Replace any out of date medicines or ointments packages damaged packages.
Your first aid kit should be stored in a water-tight and sturdy container. Lunchboxes are a good size for most first aid kits. Items you will need for a basic first aid kit include:
- first aid manual
- list of emergency phone numbers
- adhesive tape
- adhesive bandages (several sizes)
- alcohol wipes
- antibiotic ointment
- breathing barrier
- calamine lotion
- cold compress/ice pack
- disposable gloves
- gauze pads in various sizes
- oral thermometer
- safety pin
- roller bandages
You can make more than one kit. Store one in your car, at home, and with your camping gear so you’re always prepared.
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