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Car Emergency Kit from Hamilton County Public Health

Car Emergency Kit from Hamilton County Public Health


Today we’d like to talk to you about having an emergency survival kit in your car. A kit like this could save your life if you
get stranded. This kit is an example of what we gave our own employees to help keep them safe on the road. So let’s take a look inside. First our kit contains glow sticks. These lights can help you signal for help,
illuminate the scene, or act as flares if your car breaks down. Next, we have a utility tool. This tool includes many useful devices, including
these handy pliers, various screwdrivers, a saw that might come in handy, especially
if you have to cut off a seat belt after an accident. It also includes a knife and other utility
tools. Having an entire tool kit in your car is a
good idea, however this tool will come in handy if one is unavailable. The next item in our emergency kit is a pair
of very think cow hide leather working gloves. We also have a rain poncho, very important
if you get stranded in bad weather. Next up is extremely important, these are
bags of emergency drinking water. You can keep jugs of water in your car as
well. Notice that everything is sealed in sandwich
bags. Our kit includes a dust mask, it’s important
to note that this is not a respirator, but it will help protect you if there are dust
or other particles in the air. Our kit also contains emergency food rations. Now, not everyone has access to such things,
so power bars will do in a pinch. Just be sure to note the expiration date and
replace expired bars with new ones. We also have a set of safety goggles, also
useful if there are dust or other particles in the air or if you’re going to attempt to
work on your car. Of course, every kind of emergency kit should
contain a flashlight. We recommend LED flashlights because they
last longer. And don’t forget to check the batteries regularly. Our next item is a radio – but not just
any radio – this radio has a back-up hand-crank, so it will work whether the batteries are
charged or not. You simply pull out the handle and rotate
the crank in a clockwise direction. In the first side pocket, we have a first
aid kit. Every emergency preparedness kit should have a well-stocked first aid kit. We also have a set of rubber gloves, although
you might want to include non-latex gloves as some people have allergies to latex. Our next items are STING relief applications
in case someone gets stung by a bee, wasp or hornet. Every emergency kit should also contain an
emergency survival blanket. These types of reflective emergency blankets
will help stabilize body temperatures which is especially important if someone is in shock
or stranded in cold weather. Next in our emergency bag is a distress flag. It’s important to hang this flag to help
you get the attention of emergency responders. We include a whistle, also important for getting
the attention of emergency responders or other help. Our safety vest will help you be more visible
to passing motorists and may help you flag down help as well. We also suggest that your car emergency kit
include: An ice scraper
A small snow shovel Jumper Cables
And an extra set of warm clothing and a Sleeping bag for everyone who travels in your vehicle regularly. Please keep in mind that it’s very important to keep your emergency kit in the PASSENGER compartment of your vehicle so you can get to it easily. This is especially important if you vehicle
has a trunk that may become inaccessible in the event of an accident. The fact that you’re watching this video
means that you have emergency preparedness in mind and that’s great. Just be sure you follow through. A kit like this could literally mean the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.

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