Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services such as water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. Therefore, the best way to make your family and your home safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
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American Red Cross - Emergency Disaster Supplies Kit
There are six basics you should stock for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container. Possible containers include a large, covered trash container, a camping backpack, or a duffle bag. Source: The American National Red Cross.
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Pesticide Poisoning - Symptoms & First Aid
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Symptoms of Pesticide Poisoning
Everyone who works with pesticides should have a well thought out plan of action to follow in the event of an accident. It should include basic knowledge of first aid as it relates to pesticide poisoning and a prepared kit.
Call a Doctor or a Poison Control Center
First aid is the initial effort to help a victim while medical help is on the way. Step one in any poisoning emergency is to call an ambulance or doctor. The only exception is when you are all alone with the victim. Then you must see that he is breathing, and out of further exposure to the pesticide before leaving him to make a phone call. Always save the pesticide and the label for the doctor.
Poison on the Skin
The sooner the poison is washed off the patient, the less the injury.
Remove clothing and drench skin with water (shower, hose, faucet, pond, ditch).
Cleanse skin and hair thoroughly with soap and water. (Don't abrade or injure the skin while washing.)
Dry and wrap in a blanket.
Do not allow any of the pesticide to get on you while you are helping the victim.
Chemical Burns of the Skin
Remove contaminated clothing.
Wash the skin with large quantities of cold running water.
Immediately cover loosely with a clean, soft cloth.
Avoid use of ointments, greases, powders, and other drugs in the first aid treatment of chemical burns.
Poison in the Eye
It is very important to wash the eye as quickly, but as gently, as possible.
Hold eyelids open, wash eyes with a gentle stream of clean running water at body temperature.
Continue washing for 15 minutes or more.
Do not use chemicals or drugs in wash water. They may increase the extent of injury.