Having a well-stocked first aid kit readily available to you in the event of an emergency and knowing exactly where that first aid kit is located, can make all the difference when someone is hurt. It is recommended that you keep a first aid kit in your home, safely away from a child’s reach, where you work and in all vehicles you operate.

When packing medical supplies for your first aid kit, The ACFAS (American National Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid and Safety) recommends your kit include the following:

  • Absorbent Compress 5×9 dressing – cover and protect open wounds
  • Adhesive Bandages (Assorted Sizes) – cover and protect open wounds
  • Adhesive Tape (cloth) 1” – to secure bandages or splints
  • Antibiotic Ointment packets (approx 1 g) – anti-infection
  • Antiseptic wipe Packets – wound cleaning/germ killer
  • Aspirin (Chewable) 81 mg – for symptoms of a heart attack
  • Blanket (Space Blanket) – maintain body temperature for shock
  • CPR Breathing Barrier (w/one-way valve) – protection during rescue breathing or CPR
  • Instant Cold Compress – to control swelling
  • Gloves (large), disposable, non-latex – prevent body fluid contact
  • Hydrocortisone Ointment Packets (approx 1 g) – external rash treatment
  • Scissors – cut tape, cloth or bandages
  • Roller Bandage 3” (individually wrapped) – secure wound dressing in place
  • Roller Bandage 4” (individually wrapped) – secure wound dressing in place
  • Sterile Gauze Pad 3×3 – to control external bleeding
  • Sterile Gauze Pad 4×4 – to control external bleeding
  • Thermometer, Oral (Non-Mercury/Non-Glass) – take temperature orally
  • Triangular Bandage – sling or binder/splinting
  • Tweezers – remove splinters or ticks
  • First Aid Instruction booklet

Please be reminded to include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest. Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.