Emergency Preparedness

Make a personal preventive safety kit

personal home preventive safety kit
Personal safety kit

Good homeownership requires physical effort. Efforts sometime lead to injuries. Whether you do the tasks yourself, or hire outsiders, you need to have some preventive safety and first aid products close at hand to support those efforts.

There are lots of disaster preparation, survival products and First Aid Kits offered out there, but first aid is for after an accident happens. A good homeowner can do better than that. Let’s think preventively, just like we are learning to do when it comes to maintaining our home. So instead of a First Aid Kit, let’s create a Preventive Safety Kit.

Below is a list of items that are known to work well in helping to prevent most accidents and injuries. Plus, just in case, I’ve included the makings of a well stocked first aid kit too.  Assemble several of each of these parts and store them in the waterproof rolling box listed below. Know what is in the box and keep it handy. Do not store it away somewhere and forget about it. Instead regularly use the items that are in there and get in the habit of making it the first stop before beginning a new maintenance project or task.

Protective Equipment:

  1. Hat
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Hearing protection (over ear type) 3 pair
  4. Eye protection (safety glasses) 3 pair
  5. Filter masks, full box
  6. Work Gloves that fit you properly 3 pair
  7. Hand warmers 3 pair
  8. Wasp spray, new bottle
  9. Disposable overalls with hood 3 pair
  10. Drop cloth small (1 each, plastic and cloth)
  11. Fire extinguisher small
  12. Blankets 2 each
  13. A water proof box container like this, big enough to hold all this stuff

A good first aid kit that includes the following:

personal home preventive safety kit
Flask for medicinal purposes only
  1. Large and small waterproof band aids 2 boxes
  2. Cotton balls
  3. Cotton swabs
  4. Several sizes of elastic bandage materials
  5. 3” and 4” roller bandages
  6. Several sterile gauze pads
  7. Tweezers (good ones)
  8. Scissors
  9. Motion sickness pills
  10. Asprin
  11. Ibuprofin
  12. Allergy meds
  13. Hydrogen peroxide
  14. Matches
  15. Alcohol
  16. Burn ointment
  17. Antibacterial ointment
  18. Hydrocortisone ointment
  19. Disposable non-latex gloves
  20. A pint of good whisky preferably in a non-breakable metal flask
  21. A Red Cross first aid booklet 

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