Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Prudent Prepping: First Aid Kit Update

The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.

In a post on the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page, Garry Hamilton (along with others) mentioned what many of first aid kits lack these days, starting with tweezers, a blade or knife, and scissors or some other way to cut clothing. I added one of the mentioned items to my work kit several months ago, but never wrote it up.

SZCO Supplies Magnifying Tweezers
I'm in a Big Box store of one type or another every day. I don't touch lumber for work, but there is always wood someplace close. Besides being around wood, I do handle sheet metal, nuts, bolts and screws, which sometimes have shavings in the boxes. I found these tweezers earlier this year and added then to my bigger kit. I moved them into my work kit soon afterwards when, as I mentioned in the first post, I got tired of digging out splinters with my knife.

From the Amazon page:
  • A powerful 3X magnifying glass and needle-tipped tweezers combine to make this one of the handiest items in the tool box or first aid kit
  • This product is easy to use easy to install and highly durable
  • Item is manufactured in Pakistan
  • 3.5 Inches in length
  • Magnifying glass
  • Stainless steel composition
I have used these and can recommend them to any and all readers.

I don't have scissors or a blade in my work first aid kit, but I do have both in my GHB. For work I always have at least one utility knife in my work gear, plus the Kershaw Leeks I always have in my pockets. I think what I have for work is sufficient.

Several posts mentioned more complex kits, up to including suturing supplies. My friend the Master Chief has a full-on Medic kit ("Don't ask where it came from") with everything he had available when he served, minus the actual drugs. I suspect he might be able to 'acquire' those also if he really wanted some. For me, I don't have the training to use something like that, but I appreciate those who do.

Earthquake Supplies Update
Surprise Gift!
After listing the things I was looking to buy to make myself feel safer in my new place, I received an Amazon package. This is what I found:

The Ready America 3333 Earthquake Survival Tool, Emergency Gas Shut Off Wrench.

This is the gas meter shut-off tool I mentioned last week. There was a note from our esteemed Editrix Erin wishing me a happy housewarming. I have a thoroughly undeserved reputation (in my opinion) as a grumpy old man who doesn't want or like gifts.

I very nicely said Thank You.

(Editrix's Note: He thoroughly deserves it.)

I don't know if that made an impression, so let me try this:


Takeaway and Recap
  • Nothing was purchased this week but I did receive a Ready America 3333 Gas Shutoff Tool as a gift, available from Amazon for $3.98 with Prime
  • I do have the best friends possible.


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NOTE: All items tested were purchased by me. No products have been loaned in exchange for a favorable review. Any items sent to me for T&E will be listed as such. Suck it Feds.

1 comment:

  1. Very informative, David. I’ve really appreciated your articles.


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