What would you do if you cut your finger while chopping vegetables? How would handle a stovetop burn, a spider bite, or a child’s scrape from a fall? Minor injuries happen every day, and most are easy to treat at home. But to handle them quickly and calmly, you need to know what to do and have the right supplies.
How do I make a first aid kit?
A well-stocked first-aid kit is a must-have for treating minor injuries at home and on the go. You can buy a first aid kit or put one together on your own. Keep your supplies in a sturdy, clear plastic box so you can see what’s inside.
What should be in my first aid kit?
- Adhesive tape
- Alcohol wipes
- Allergy medicine
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Antibiotic ointment
- Bandages in different sizes
- Calamine lotion
- Cold packs
- Elastic bandages
- Gauze rolls and pads
- Hand sanitizer (for your travel first aid kit)
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Latex-free gloves
- Pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Saline wound wash
- Scissors and tweezers
Where should I store my first aid kit?
You don’t want to go searching for supplies when there’s a minor accident to tend to. Your kit should be easy to find. But it should be kept in a high, childproof cabinet, far away from kids. Keep one full-sized kit in a central spot at home, such as your kitchen or bathroom. Then put a smaller kit in your car or purse for when you’re on the road.
How often should I check my first aid kit?
Items can run out if you use them often, and medicines can expire if you rarely need them, so go through everything in your kit, and replace any empty or out-of-date items at least once a year.
Call on an emergency number for any medical emergency, including when a person has:
- Chest pain
- A serious allergic reaction
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Trouble breathing
What should I do when I call an emergency number?
Tell the operator:
- The type of emergency
- The telephone number you’re calling from
- The address where the emergency is happening
- Details about the person’s condition — what happened to them, the type of injuries they have, and what has been done so far to treat them
The operator might tell you step by step how to help the person who has been injured. DO NOT HANG UP until the operator hangs up.
How can I prepare for an emergency?
- Keep a fully stocked first-aid kit in your home and car.
- Have up-to-date copies of each person’s medical history in your home and car.
- Post an emergency contact sheet next to each phone in the house. Show it to everyone who spends time in your home, including family members and babysitters.
- Make sure your children know what number to dial and what they should tell the operator.
Emergency Contact Sheet
FOR AN EMERGENCY: Dial emergency number
Police, Fire, Hospital name & Phone no., Doctor’s name & Phone no., Family Contact Name & Phone no., Address, Work number, etc.