12 September, 2011

First-Aid Kit Checklist

A well-stocked first-aid kit is a necessity in very home. We should also keep one first-aid kit in each of our car. First-aid kits can be purchased at drugstores or you can decide to make your own. Choose containers that are durable, lightweight and with lots of space.

Here's an ideal list of what you will need for your own first-aid kit.

  • strerile gauze
  • adhesive tape
  • adhesive bandage
  • elastic bandage
  • a splint
  • antiseptic wipes
  • soap
  • antibiotic ointment
  • antiseptic solution
  • hydrocortisone cream (1%)
  • acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • tweezers
  • sharp scissors
  • safety pins
  • disposable instant cold packs
  • calamine lotion
  • alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
  • thermometer
  • flashlight and extra batteries
  • a blanket (stored nearby)
  • a list of emergency phone numbers

Make sure you read the manual and understand how to use the contents of your kit. Store first-aid kits in places that are out of reach of children but are accessible for adults. Check the kits regularly. Replacing missing items or medicines that have been used or have expired. Check the flashlight batteries to make sure they work. Read more Emergency Checklist.

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