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Let’s face it: Accidents happen. You can’t control when you’ll get a minor cut or burn, but you can be prepared with a well-equipped first aid kit. Whether your kit is stowed away under your kitchen sink or kept in your bathroom in Rittenhouse Claridge, make sure it has these five essentials:

1) Tweezers
Is there anything worse than a splinter that you can’t quite grab? Tweezers will do the trick. They’re also invaluable for ticks and ingrown hairs.

2) Thermometer
If you share your home at¬†Rittenhouse Claridge with a child, a thermometer is essential. Getting a proper read on your little one’s temperature will let you know whether or not a trip to the doctor is in order.

3) Triple-antibiotic ointment
Suitable to treat insect bites, small cuts, and minor burns, antibiotic ointment is good to have handy. Of course, you’ll need bandages, as well. Non-stick pads and gauze are also a must.

4) Painkillers
From the common headache to muscle aches caused by the flu, painkillers can ease a variety of painful afflictions. Follow the instructions on the bottle carefully, and take note of any potential allergic reactions.

5) First aid instruction book
Should an accident happen, a first aid instruction book will help you think under pressure and apply the appropriate treatment.

First Aid Essentials Checklist [Real Simple]
Anatomy of a First Aid Kit [Red Cross]
Everyday Care [Healthy Essentials]
First-Aid Kit Essentials [Parents.com]