Being prepared: Preparing a first aid kit

Having a first aid kit at home is definitely an advantage. With one on hand, you can readily deal with minor injuries especially if there are children around. It is vital to have the right supplies at all times to avoid any hassle.

A properly stocked first aid kit is the initial defense against minor accidents whether at home or while on the road. A kit can be used to treat various injuries such as scrapes, burns, cuts and sprains.

Where should I keep a first aid kit?

Every house must have a well-stocked first aid kit and it is recommended to have one in a vehicle as well.

When preparing a kit for children, it should be stored in a lunch box or zippered pouch or bag and make sure that it is stored in a place that is out of reach. Remember that several items in a kit can be dangerous if ingested or used incorrectly.

What to include in your kit?

An vital point to remember is to store supplies in your kit that you cannot find anywhere else or improvise on. An example are sterile bandages since it can be hard to find items that are sterile.

You cannot find an alternative to latex-free gloves. Even though some find kitchen gloves as a suitable substitute, these gloves are not capable of fighting off microbes and can even trigger latex allergies among highly sensitive individuals.

First aid kit

Triangle and roller bandages should be included in a first aid kit

If you are going to use the kit mainly on children, make sure that the supplies stored are suitable for them to use such as children’s medications and small-sized bandages. Depending on where you live, it is also vital to take into consideration extreme conditions by adding blankets or heating packs in the kit.

How to build your first aid kit

Even though there are various commercial kits available, you can prepare your own kit that is suitable for the family. The basic items to store in a first aid kit includes the following:

  • First aid guide booklet
  • Assorted sizes of self-adhesive bandages, adhesive tape and sterile gauze
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Triple antibiotic ointment or wound gel
  • Breathing barrier

Other items to include in your kit include the following:

  • Tweezers
  • Aspirin in a low-dose chewable tablet
  • Scissors
  • Instant cold compress
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Triangle and roller bandages
  • Emergency blanket

It is also vital to list down important contact numbers in the kit such as primary care doctors, hospital, fire and police department and poison control center.

Make sure that any items used must be replenished and always check the expiration dates 2 times in a year.

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