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Nearly one-third of all injuries happen in the home. Whether you’re dealing with bruises, cuts or minor burns, it’s important to know what should be in a home first-aid kit. These go-to wound care products and supplies are the key to swiftly treating at-home injuries.

1. Be Wary of Kitchen Injuries

The kitchen can be a dangerous place: For example, did you know that more than 150,000 emergency room visits each year result from knife injuries that occur in the kitchen? So while you’re having fun cooking iwith your family, do it safely to prevent kitchen injuries. Here are a few tips:

  • Mind Pots and Pans While in Use: Never leave cooking equipment unattended while in use, and make sure that handles never stick out over the sides of the range surface.
  • Send Steam Away: Scalding is a common cause of kitchen burns; when opening pots, tilt the lid away from you so steam and condensation evacuate farther away from your skin.
  • Keep Cutting Knives Sharp: Dull knives are more likely to slip and cause lacerations.
  • Cut on Stable Surfaces: Putting a dish cloth under a cutting board can prevent the board from slipping.
  • Store Knives Separately: Keep cutting knives in a holder separate from a common utensil drawer; storing them in a drawer can easily lead to accidental cuts and minor kitchen injuries.
  • Secure Cleansers: To minimize the risk of child poisoning, keep kitchen cleaners in a place that kids can’t access.

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When something does go wrong, be sure you have a kitchen first-aid kit on hand, stocked with everything you’ll need to handle cuts, scrapes and minor burns:

2. Stay Safe to Avoid Slips and Falls in the Bathroom

Nearly 235,000 people visit the ER each year due to accidents in the bathroom, usually related to slips and falls. And while this is of particular concern for older adults, it’s a risk for everyone. Minimize the risk of slips and falls in the bathroom by using slip-resistant mats in the bathtub, using a bath mat with a non-stick bottom and installing wall handles to grab for stability getting in and out of the shower.

In case an injury occurs in the bathroom, the best home first-aid kit should be equipped with a wide range of supplies, from bandages and gauze to a thermometer and cold/hot packs. Make sure your first-aid supplies are properly stored to prevent water or humidity damage.

3. Be Prepared in the Mudroom

The mudroom is the launching pad for all kinds of backyard fun, and for dealing with outdoor injuries. So whether you accidentally cut yourself doing yard work, get a mosquito bite while gardening, or twist an ankle throwing the ball around, keep a small first-aid kit in the mudroom, where it’s easily accessible – but still protected from damaging temperature extremes. That way, you can treat minor mishaps on the spot with these first-aid supplies.

 

Links to third-party sources in this content are provided for educational purposes only. No sponsorship or endorsement is implied. This article includes information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the National Institutes of Health.

©Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2019

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