First Aid Kits
It is important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home to deal with minor accidents and injuries.
Your first aid kit should be locked and kept in a cool, dry place, out of reach of children.
Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure that they are within their use-by dates.
Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.
Your basic first aid kit
A basic first aid kit should contain:
- Plasters, in a variety of different sizes and shapes.
- Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings.
- At least two sterile eye dressings.
- Triangular bandages.
- Crêpe rolled bandages.
- Safety pins.
- Disposable sterile gloves.
- 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.
- Decongestant tablets or nasal spray.
- Antihistamine tablets.
- Distilled water, for cleaning wounds and as an eye bath.
For information about first aid when travelling see the Department of Health’s health advice for travellers.
(NHS Choices first Aid kit tool: http://www.nhs.uk/tools/pages/firstaidtoolkit.aspx)