First Aid Kit Essentials


A first aid kit is essential for home or work, but what does it need to contain exactly? Don’t stress, we’ve got a list of the necessary items in case of small scrapes…


First, it’s important to know what pharmacies sell ready-made first aid kids, which can be handy. If you still want to create your own custom kit, you’ll need:

– Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds
– Adhesive tape
– Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place, or to make an arm sling
– Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
– Scissors, tweezers, and safety pins
– Instantn ice packs
– Disposable non-latex gloves (to prevent allergic reactions to latex)
– Antiseptic ointment (like Polysporin)
– Aluminum emergency blanket
– Eye patches
– Thermometer
– Protection pocket mask (for CPR)
– Benadryl in case of sudden and unexplained allergies
– Flashlight and batteries
– Emergency phone numbers for SMU/9-1-1, a poison control center in the area, and the numbers of family physicians and friends/neighbors who can help in case of emergency.

With this kit, everyone should be ready to provide assistance if a minor accident occurs. Obviously, it’s better to store these in an airtight container away from water, and in a place that’s easily accessible and easy to find in case there’s an emergency. It’s a good idea to have a small annual or bi-annual inventory, to make sure you’re not caught without adhesive bandages or sterile gauze pads. The term “prevention is better than cure” is very applicable here!

Finally, you shuold know that the Canadian Red Cross has an online store where you can buy various kits, models, and sign up for certified first aid courses.

Do you have a first aid kit at home? Have you taken a course on first aid?

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