A first-aid kit, kept within easy reach, is a must for every family. Having and being prepared ahead of time will help you handle an emergency at a moment’s notice. Here are some basic instructions to make your own first-aid kit for home, car or vacation.
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What to include
Choose containers for your kits that are roomy, durable, easy to carry and simple to open. Plastic tackle boxes or containers for storing art supplies are ideal.
You can include:
- First-aid manual
- Sterile gauze
- Adhesive tape
- Adhesive bandages in several sizes
- Elastic bandage
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibiotic cream (triple-antibiotic ointment)
- Antiseptic solution (like hydrogen peroxide)
- Hydrocortisone cream (1%)
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Extra prescription medications (if the family is going on vacation)
- Sharp scissors
- Safety pins
- Disposable instant cold packs
- Calamine lotion
- Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
- Plastic gloves (at least 2 pairs)
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross)
- Your list of emergency numbers
- Blanket (stored nearby)
After you've stocked your first-aid kits:
- Read the first-aid manual you’ve included so you’ll understand how to use the contents of your kit. (If your children are old enough to understand, review the manual with them as well.)
- Store first-aid kits in places that are out of a child’s reach but easily accessible for adults.
- Check the kits regularly. Replace missing items or medicines that have expired.