No matter how much we endeavor to make our domestic environment safe, accidents at home can still happen — even in the most cautious household.
When it comes to the health of our families, especially for those with young children, it is always advisable to be extra careful so that accidents can be avoided.
Here are some of the most common accidents that can happen in the home and how to deal with them. It makes sense to know exactly what to do if these accidents happen.
Cuts; Broken glass can cause serious cuts therefore, furniture or materials around the home should be carefully considered especially if you have young children around. Apply pressure to stop the bleeding and apply an antiseptic to the area. Assessing the situation is important, but if the blood stops after applying pressure, it is likely to be a minor cut that will not need stitches.
Poisoning; incidents usually involve medicines, household products, and cosmetic items around the house. It is important to keep anything that might be dangerous if swallowed, out of reach of children as an essential part of first aid in the home.
Burns; Hot drinks cause most burns and scalds to children, same as open fires, cookers, irons, hair straighteners, and matches and they should be kept as far away as possible. Any burn should be held under cold running water for ten minutes and then assessed.
Choking; commonly occurs in both children and adults. Children often have a fascination with putting objects in their mouths and swallowing them. If you cannot dislodge the object promptly, it’s advisable to contact an ambulance for emergency medical care.
Falls; A fall can affect people of all ages, but they are most common among the very young and the elderly. If a person trips and falls and subsequently becomes drowsy or loses consciousness, immediately call the Ambulance for emergency medical care.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A FIRST AID BOX AT HOME
Injuries may happen anywhere and at any time. In order to be prepared, having a first aid kit with you at all times is very important. No matter the injury, from minor to severe, a first aid kit is your go-to for reducing the severity of the injury. In severe cases, immediately contact an Ambulance for emergency medical care.