Build a First Aid Kit

July 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm Leave a comment

By Jennifer Jordan

The pictured first aid kit for a family can be purchased on the Red Cross web site:

Every household should have at least one first aid kit in an accessible place. Consider a kit for your

vehicle, too. Treatment can go smoother with a few character bandages on hand for the little ones.

The American Red Cross recommends that a kit for a family of four contain the following items.

Check for expiration dates and replace used items routinely.

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  •  Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

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