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Have you checked your First Aid kit? When was the last time you went thru your First Aid kit? You not only to make sure everything is still intact from previous seasons, you also need to see what supplies should be replenished. You can put together your own kit or purchase one from most outdoor outfitters or on-line. I have found kits priced anywhere from $15 up to $800. The higher end kits are designed for excursions off shore where medical help may be more than 24 hours away. Typically you will spend around $35 for a kit that is in a waterproof container. These kits are designed to provide you with the ability to treat minor injuries. The contents of kits vary greatly, of course based on what you spend. Typically your kit should contain: Bandaging material, i.e. band aids, gauze dressings, tape Cleansing solutions, i.e. saline, antiseptics, alcohol wipes Ointments for applying to the wound, i.e. Neosporin, bite and sting sticks, aloe vera, lidocaine, hydrocortisone Pain killers, i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen Symptomatic relief products, i.e. anti diarrhea, smelling salts, etc. Personal protection devices, i.e. gloves, eye protection Equipment, i.e. scissors, tweezers, lighter, thermometer Instant ice pack Any personal medications A current manual on First Aid procedures

Typical First Aid kits

Have you ever browsed the First Aid manual? Do you have an idea of what to do in certain emergency situations? If not, go thru the manual from your kit. You don’t have to memorize it, just know what information it contains and how to look things up quickly. Remember, the faster you act the better chance the injured party has for recovery!

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The best course of action would be for you to take an authorized First Aid class. Your local red cross, hospitals, civic organizations or maybe even the company you work for is a fantastic source for these classes. The Missouri and Illinois Water Patrol or the Coast Guard Auxiliary all are great resources for finding classes. Enroll not only yourself; get your whole crew to go!

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An often overlooked item for on water safety is the ability to communicate. We all know that cell phone reception on the river or lakes is at best sketchy! Invest in a VHF radio, handheld or mounted. The cost for these can be anywhere from $40 on up, but the piece of mind to be able to get help is priceless! Most of the marinas around the Alton Pool monitor channel 16 for emergencies.

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While all of the above is a great idea, nothing substitutes for using common sense. Enjoy your boating, wherever you go and don’t forget the Sun Tan lotion!

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