With the summer in full swing, you may be planning on going boating while the weather is hot. If this is the case, you should make sure that you’re fully equipped with a first-aid kit for any minor or major emergencies. In some cases first-aid can save a person’s life while other times it is used to simply keep the person comfortable until help can be reached.
First-Aid Kit for Boaters
Some of the essentials that should be kept in a first-aid kit for vessels include:
A pack of antiseptic swabs or a bottle of antiseptic solution for wounds
- A pack of bandages
- Dressing gauze
- Dressing compresses
- First-aid manual
- An eye pad
- Small scissors
- Adhesive surgical tape
- Antipruritic lotion
- Hand cleanser
- A splint
- Burn dressing
Every boat should also have fire extinguishers that are easy to access and everyone on the boat should know their whereabouts and how they are used. Life jackets should also be on board for every person and need to be in good shape in order to function properly. It is important to keep in mind a life jacket that has become waterlogged must be replaced.
Boating accidents can happen at the spur of the moment and even if a person knows how to swim, if he is caught in a current or is hit on the head by the boat as it flips over, he’ll need to have his life jacket on to stay afloat. This is why everybody needs to wear their own individual life jackets during the boat ride and they must never be used for other purposes, such as a seat cushion.
Be prepared this year for safety out on the water so that you can get the most enjoyment possible out of your boating experiences. The best way to arm yourself for boat safety this year is to take a certified First-Aid/CPR course so that you know how to act promptly in case of an emergency. Please visit our site now at www.heart2heartCPR.com to schedule a class in your area.