What do you need for your home first aid kit?

You never know when someone is going to injure themselves in or around the house. While sometimes you might be dealing a minor graze or burn, at other times you may have to treat cuts, bruises and and sprained limbs after a fall.

That’s why it’s really important to have a well-stocked first aid kit in your home so you can deal with minor injuries quickly. Having one to hand may save you making a trip to your local Accident and Emergency Department.

What should be in my first aid kit?

A home first aid kit should ideally contain:

  • assorted wash-proof plasters
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • at least two sterile eye dressings
  • triangular bandages
  • crêpe roller bandages
  • safety pins
  • disposable latex-free sterile gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • microporous tape
  • thermometer (preferably forehead thermometer)
  • distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • ice packs
  • eye wash and eye bath

As well as keeping your first aid kit well stocked, St Andrew’s First Aid strongly recommend keeping a copy of our first aid manual with your first aid kit.

Keep in mind

  • A first aid kit should be kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.
  • Many people also keep a small first aid kit in their car for emergencies.
  • Any item with a use-by date should be checked regularly to make sure they can still be used.


Not got a home first aid kit?

Don’t worry, we sell full first aid kits, and all the first aid supplies you need on our online supplies store.

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