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Building a First Aid Kit

It's important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries.

Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.

Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.

What should be in my first aid kit?

  • Plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes

  • Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings

  • At least 2 sterile eye dressings

  • Triangular bandages

  • Crêpe rolled bandages

  • Safety pins

  • Disposable sterile gloves

  • Tweezers

  • Scissors

  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

  • Sticky tape

  • Thermometer (preferably digital)

  • Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula

  • Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings

  • Antiseptic cream

  • Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen

  • Cough medicine

  • Antihistamine cream or tablets

  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds

  • Eye wash and eye bath

It may be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit, also keep a blanket stored with your kit.

Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they're within their use-by dates.

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