January 03 2021 – Safety Kits Plus
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected in life. That is why is it crucial to get prepared before you encounter an emergency situation. So we have put together a list of the top 5 reasons you should have an emergency kit for home, your car, at work, and at sporting events. A well-stocked emergency kit will give you peace of mind that you are prepared for most situations.
1. Breakdowns and Accidents Happen On The Road
If you have been a driver for any length of time you know that things seem to always happen. Your engine overheats, you get a flat tire, your battery is dead, you run out of gas or you get into an unexpected accident. While it is not possible to anticipate every emergency situation, it is very easy to prepare for them.
Protect yourself and your family by having a car emergency kit in your vehicle. Whether you build your own kit or purchase a comprehensive car emergency kit, the goal is to be prepared with essential emergency supplies. The essential supplies can help get you back on the road or keep you safe until help can arrive.
The essential emergency supplies that a car kit should include are: jumper cables, basic tools, a light source, basic first aid supplies, a survival blanket and it can always help to have emergency food and water. Be sure to check your kits at least once a year to make sure the supplies are plentiful and have not expired.
The AAA Excursion is our pick for a comprehensive car emergency kit. It is complete and compact and has all the right supplies to keep you safe.
2. For Minor Injuries and Accidents That Happen At Home
There are too many reasons to list them all, but we can certainly agree that things just tend to happen while at home. Someone slips and falls, someone cuts themselves or gets burned making dinner, or a kid scrapes their knee riding their bike. Or maybe you live in an area where there are natural disasters such as a floods, hurricanes, tornados, or earthquakes.
These are just some of the scenarios for why it is so important to have an emergency kit for home. Most kits are stocked with essential first aid supplies and a wide variety of basic survival gear. A good home emergency kit comes in a durable case that is easily stored and organized. You will be surprised how often your home emergency kit comes in handy.
Take the time to personalize your home emergency kit with items that meet the specific needs of your family members. You may want to consider medications or other items that may be required. Inform all family members where the home emergency kit is located and what supplies are available. The kit should be readily accessible to all adults being mindful to keep them out of the reach of young children.
Our top pick for a home emergency kit is the MyFAK Advanced First Aid Kit. This unit is full of essential first aid supplies. It is the perfect first aid kit to have on hand in case of an emergency.
3. Hiking, Traveling, and Adventures All Have Risks
When going out on a hike, traveling the world (hopefully we can do this in 2021), and while on adventures things can and will go wrong. That is why it is always best to be prepared before you head out.
While hiking on trails short and long, you never know when having a first aid kit will come in handy for the rescue for minor scrapes or twisted ankles.
Have you ever left home for vacation only to arrive at your destination and realize that you were not prepared for that simple cut, bruise or sprain? Having to locate the local pharmacy in the middle of the night can really put a damper on your vacation.
A compact emergency kit is something you should never leave home without. A great travel or adventure emergency kit is comprehensive and small enough to fit in your backpack or carryon suitcase. Most travel emergency kits will include essential first aid supplies, and a variety of useful accessories like scissors, tweezers, safety pins, Q tips and zip lock bags. A variety of over-the-counter medications (always keep in original packaging) are also a good idea. Medications for upset stomachs, travel sickness and pain relief usually come in very handy.
The Solo First Aid Kit is one of the most popular first aid kits on the market. It is compact yet packed with essential first aid supplies. This unit just might save the day when you are on vacation.
4. For When Nature Strikes
There are circumstances that may require you to leave your residence for an extended period of time. Particularly if you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters like earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Even if you do not live in areas with natural disasters, it is a good idea to have what is often referred to as a Bug Out Bag (bob).
Typically, Bug Out Bag supplies are stored in medium to large size duffle bags or backpacks. They do need to be small enough to grab and go in a hurry. It is common for these kits to have enough supplies for each person for 72 hours.
The essential supplies are very similar to other emergency kits with items such as emergency food and water, communication devices, alternated power supplies, emergency lighting, spare clothing and a variety of tools and gear. It might be easiest to start out with a stock Bug Out Bag that you purchase and then add items that meet the specific needs of your family members.
5. Because Someone May Need Your Help and Your Emergency Kit
Believe it or not most people are not prepared for emergency situations. Whether it be your neighbor, someone on the road or another person’s child at the soccer game, it feels really good to be able to assist someone in need. Having the right emergency supplies at the right time can save a life and that is every reason to be the one prepared.
The year ahead is sure to present natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and much more. Emergencies happen on the road and during travel every day. Put a well stocked emergency kit in your car and home and give yourself and your family peace of mind by preparing in advance for the unexpected. You will be so glad you did!