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Be Prepared for Any Accident, Here’s A Guide

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time, even in the apparent safety of your own home. According to research, accidental injuries that occur at home causes over 30,000 deaths every year in the United States. These home accidents also cause more than 12 million injuries.

Outside the home, accidents can happen when you or someone you know is performing sports like gymnastics or just driving to the nearest store. Although it’s almost impossible to predict when an accident can happen, you can be ready for them.

Below is a guide on how to prepare kits and information to make it easier to deal with an accident, no matter where they happen.

Prepare a Contact List

In case the worst should happen, first responders need to know who to reach out to. You should have a contact list at the ready; this contact list should include the following:

Make this list for every member of your family and tell them to keep it with them at all times.

Stock a First Aid Kit

Every home should have a well-stocked first aid kit so you are able to treat simple injuries and maybe provide some assistance while firstrespondersare on their way. According to the Red Cross,a basic first aid kitshould include the following items:

Your first aid kit should also contain emergency doses of specific medication you or the people you live with need. For example, a spare epinephrine dose if you have a severe allergy. These kits are only for light to mild injuries. Leave treating serious injuries to the professionals.

Prepare a Vehicle Accident Kit

Car accidents are always a risk, no matter how carefully you drive. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3 million people receive nonfatal injuries due to car accidents every year. This makes it essential that you have a vehicular accident kit in your car. Such kits should include the following items:

Write Down Medical Information

Aside from preparing physical items, you should also have your medical information readily available. In case of non-fatal injuries and mild wounds, you have the luxury of choosing a hospital you’re familiar with. These hospitals may already have your records. But if you don’t have a choice, the hospital or medical facility you’re taken to needs to have your medical information readily available. Prepare a physical file that your emergency contact can access with the following information:

Accidents may happen at any time and anywhere, but you don’t have to be completely blindsided each time they occur. This guide should help you bounce back faster and assist first responders in saving your life.

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