Everyone should have a well-stocked first aid kit at home, in the car, and in the workplace. You may also want to stock a portable kit (a box or small bag) that can be taken to the site of an emergency.
It is important to check your kit regularly to restock items that have been used, and to replace items that are out-of-date.
The contents of the kit vary depending upon the number of people it is designed to protect, as well as its intent for use. Recommended contents of a first aid kit include the following:
You can also use the following everyday items in the event of an emergency:
- Disposable or cloth diapers for compresses, bandages, or padding for splints
- Dish towels for bandages or slings
- Umbrella, rolled magazine, or layered newspaper for use as a splint
- A large blanket
- Gallon-size bottle of water
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- An allergy kit containing medications to be used by people allergic to insect stings or certain foods
- Prescription medications (make sure they're stored properly and aren't expired), syringes, and special equipment or supplies
Be sure any member of your family who has special needs wears a Medic Alert® bracelet or necklace at all times. Applications are available in most pharmacies.