Safety First: Everything You Need for the Perfect First-Aid Kit

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By HealthVersed

A well-stocked first aid kit is essential for responding effectively to common injuries and emergencies that happen near the home. Fortunately, you can find at-home first aid kits with a search online right now.

When used appropriately, they can even save lives. If possible, keep at least one first aid kit in your home, create a smaller version for each of your vehicles and find out where they are located at your workplace.

Getting Started

There are a number of first-aid kits that can be purchased at drugstores or online, or you can assemble your own. A fishing tackle box makes it easy to store your supplies in an organized, portable way, but even something simple like an extra-large Ziploc bag can be suitable for storing first aid supplies.

The Mayo Clinic and the Red Cross recommend that a first aid kit for a family of four should include the following items:

Basic Supplies:


Emergency items

Give Your Kit Regular Checkups

Once you’ve built a well-stocked first aid kit, make a note on your calendar to check it over at least every three months. Make sure that the flashlight works and replace any medications or supplies that have been used or are expired. It’s also a good idea to regularly update the kit with any personal items such as medications and emergency contacts that may change over time or as your family grows. (You may want to include an up-to-date list of phone numbers for Poison Control, Emergency responders, family members and your family Physician.) Your healthcare provider may have additional suggestions for your family’s unique needs.

Taking It a Step Further:

Basic first aid skills are an invaluable asset to have in an emergency situation. If you’d like to take it a step further, you could consider taking a first-aid course, CPR training or even Cardiac Defibrillator training through a local health agency.

There are also practical measures you can take to prepare your children for medical emergencies in ways that are suited to their age and interests. (For example, you may want to involve them in preparing specialized first aid kits for fishing, cycling or at the cottage.) A number of first-aid manuals and courses can be tailored to help children understand and safely use basic first-aid techniques.