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
Crêpe rolled bandages
Disposable sterile gloves
Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
Thermometer (preferably digital)
Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
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.