Inspecting Your First Aid Kits: What to Look For

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Inspecting Your First Aid Kits: What to Look For

Time flies, we know this that is why it is important to inspect your first aid kits every three months.

Upon ordering your first kit from us you will automatically receive inspection reminders and when you do here are a few specific things you should look for:

1. Ensure all items required based on your provincial regulations are accounted for.

2. Expiry dates of items including AED pads and batteries.

3. Kits/Items are organized and are in good working condition.

4. Record date of inspection.

There are particular items such as fabric bandages which are often used up more quickly than others. If your home or workplace has tendencies to go through items such as this quicker, consider placing a sticker or a sticky note within the first aid kit as a friendly reminder. It is best to be over-prepared than under-prepared. A stocked first aid kit can mean the difference between continuing on with your day and visiting the hospital. 

First aid Canada provides full refill orders which can help minimize the time of the restocking process to the click of a button. For example, if you own the Alberta No. 3 Kit you can order an Alberta No. 3 Kit Refill. The refill will contain a refreshment of all the items you will need, without the kit itself that the products initially came in. This makes for an easy and orgnized kit replenishment.

Luckily, if you own a defibrillator you know there is little to no maintenance involved and the Philips HeartStart defibrillators as the device automatically notifies you when/if it is in need of a repair or battery replacement.

If you are interested in user-friendly life-saving devices you can learn more on our blog:

Why Everyone Should Know How to Operate a Defibirllator

Does Your Child’s School Have a Defibrillator?

Which AED is Right For Me?

Or from the defibrillators themselves:

Philips HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator

Philips HeartStart FRx Defibrillator Ready Pack

ZOLL Semi-Automatic AED Plus

ZOLL Fully-Automatic AED Plus

If you have any questions regarding your first aid needs please do not hesitate to contact the first aid Canada team.

Life is Precious. Be Prepared.

Boating at the Cottage

Tips on Preparing Your Cottage for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and at First Aid Canada we want you to be fully prepared to make the most of it.

Cottages are a great way to escape the bustle of the city and spend tranquil time amongst nature. Because being in a cottage can leave you quite secluded and far from resources such as doctors or paramedics it is important to prepare yourself for emergencies to avoid pain, trauma and hospital visits.

In addition to our fully stocked Cottage Kit, which comes in both Standard and Deluxe sizes, there are a few kits highly reccomended by first aid Canada, depending on your lifestyle:

Adventure First Aid Kit

For all of the adventurers out there, there is a kit specifically for you! This First Aid Kit is specifically designed to treat various injuries occuring in an outdoor setting, optimal for treating minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes. In addition to treatment supplies this kit also consists of supplies to prevent blisters, sun damage and insect bites.

Hikers’ First Aid Kit

The Hikers’ First Aid Kit is available in two different sizes; both Standard and Deluxe. Because hiking can bring you to some very remote locations it is important to prepare yourself for risks involved. These kits contain the recommended and additional first aid supplies to treat serious wounds and trauma related injuries in an outdoor setting. These kits also contain items to treat smaller injuries such as, insect bites, blister care and sun care.

Wilderness First Aid Kit

Being compact and lightweight the Wilderness First Aid Kit is optimal for treating injuries in an outdoor setting. If you enjoy taking day trips away from the cottage this is a great option as it contains items to treat both serious and minor injuries. 

Water Sports First Aid Kit

The Water Sports First Aid Kit is available in two different sizes depending on the size of your boat and/or your sporting needs and requirements. These kits offer an extensive assortment of first aid, emergency treatment and patient discomfort supplies for quick response to injuries and sickness that may occur in an outdoor water setting.

Lastly, if in addition to first aid needs heart health is a concern of yours having an Automated External Defibrillator onsite at the cottage could mean the difference between life and death. To learn more about which life-saving device would be right for you, click here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your first aid needs please do not hesitate to contact the first aid Canada team.

Life is Precious. Be Prepared.

Beach Volleyball

Safety Tips for Canadian Summer Camps

Summer is almost here and we know that means your little ones are looking forward to attending Summer Camp or you, yourself have the joy of working or volunteering at one! Did you know First Aid Canada is a Preferred Vendor of the Ontario Camps Association?

Canada is a beautiful country to explore and discover which is why we want to minimize any possibilities of leaving the great outdoors to see a doctor or head to the hospital. By being fully prepared and stocked with first aid supplies injuries can be minimized, and hospital visits can be avoided entirely!

The most common kits used by Canadian summer camps are the Provincial First Aid Kits. Each Province within Canada requires a different kit based on the amount of people working at a specific place, the type of work and the establishments radius from emergecy medical care. To view the contents of the Provincial Regulation First Aid Kits, click here.

In addition to Provincial Regulation First Aid Kits, the following products are often reccomended:

Other smaller kits, great for day trips from camp are:

Defibrillators are also reccomended as they have the ability to save lives in the case of an emergency. It is unfortunately that cardiac arrest can strike at any age, at any time. 

In order to be prepared for such an emergency the First Aid Canada Team recommends the Philips HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator specifically. This choice is popular among camps because it gives Leaders the opportunity to port this kit to different events, for example the swimming pool or the soccer field. This device is also easy enough for a third grader to operate without training as it has informative voice commands. When maintenance is needed the device will sound to inform those around that it is time to check up on the AED. For a demonstration see the video below:

If you have any further questions regarding your first aid needs please do not hesitate to contact the First Aid Canada Team.

Life is Precious. Be Prepared.