You should always keep a first-aid kit in your home. It should be kept within easy reach of an adult but should be stored away from children. Having a well-stocked first-aid kit is essential to ensuring the right supplies to deal with an emergency at a moment’s notice.
First-aid kits can be purchased at a local drugstore or you can put one together yourself. If you make the decision to make one yourself, chose a container that is spacious and easy to open and carry. Plastic tackle boxes, for example, make great homemade first-aid kit containers.
If you decide to make your own kit, here are 20 essential supplies you will need to make sure to include:
- A first-aid manual
- Different sized sterile gauze pads
- Adhesive tape
- Band-Aids in several sizes
- Elastic bandage (like an Ace wrap)
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Disposable instant cold packs
- Alcohol wipes
- Plastic non-latex gloves
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- A blanket
- Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be purchased at the drugstore)
- Calamine lotion
- A splint
Make sure to read the entire first-aid manual to understand how to use the contents of your first-aid kit. Not doing this could put you in a tough situation if there ever came a time to use one of the supplies.
Check your first aid-kit regularly. Some things in your first-aid kit you might not ever use, but some might frequently run out like Band-Aids. Replace the missing items so you have them in the future. A well-kept first-aid kit is a necessity in every home to help you handle an emergency in your household.
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Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.