Make sure you’re prepared!
The unfortunate truth is that home can be a dangerous place to be: more accidents, including fatal accidents, take place in the home than in the workplace or on the roads.
One NHS study showed that in two hospitals, 41% of injuries treated took place in the home, and 25% took place during leisure activities like hiking, mountain biking or horse riding. The most recent countrywide data showed that, across the UK, millions of hospital visits and thousands of deaths (more than those resulting from traffic accidents) result from home accidents. Although falls and strikes against objects were the most common cause of injury, the home is full of potential dangers, from burns and knife cuts in the kitchen to crushed fingers or major lacerations from power tools during DIY.
If you have children, there’s even more reason to be ready for an accident: Around 59,200 children attend A&E each year after being accidentally poisoned, burnt or scalded, falling on stairs and falling from windows, and that’s just a few of the potential causes of home injury.
Despite all this, only a quarter of people have a first aid kit at home that they check regularly to ensure the contents haven’t expired. If you don’t have one, we strongly advise that you purchase one. Having first aid supplies at home can save you from a painful trip to a pharmacy and help lessen the impact of serious injuries while you wait for an ambulance or travel to hospital. A good home first aid kit will contain a variety of wound dressings, plasters, burn treatments, bandages and accessories like scissors and safety pins. We also recommend you stock antiseptic cream, which can prevent infection and help with insect bites and stings too.
If you’re planning on doing outdoors activities in the countryside, we also strongly recommend that you take a small first aid kit with you. If bag space is a problem, you can buy small personal issue first aid kits that don’t take up much space, or can even be attached via a loop onto your bag or your belt.
If you’ve previously purchased a general purpose first aid kit from firstaid.co.uk, but the contents are out of date, you can either purchase products individually – just search our site – or buy handy comprehensive refills.