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04 June, 2008

How To-27: "How to Create a Home First Aid Kit"

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Emergencies can prepare for one by making a first aid kit.A first aid kit can be


  1. Choose a nice sized container. It needs to be large enough to store the materials.
  2. Store it an easily accessed locale in your home. Teach your children and frequent house guests where the first aid kit is stored.
  3. Fill the box will the following sterile and/or newly-bought items:
    • Adhesive dressings, of varied size and shape, from regular Band-Aid shapes to small squares to large
    • Small (but sharp) scissors
    • A package of gauze pads. They can be large, because you can always cut them if necessary.
    • Adhesive tape (Not like cellophane tape)
    • Cotton Balls, large and small, or tampons
    • Rubbing non-Alcohol wipes for cleaning external surfaces only (i.e. cleaning dirt off of unbroken skin, or wiping down a surface)
    • Antibiotic Ointment, for keeping the infection out of cuts, scrapes, etc.
    • A thermometer
    • Tweezers for pulling out splinter
    • Latex or vinyl gloves, in case of blood,body fluids and dangerous waste
      • keep two pairs for the smallest kit

    • A bee sting kit
    • Insect Repellant
    • sterile dressings(a sterile pad attached to a roller bandage)
    • roller bandages
    • triangular bandages
    • sterile saline
    • CPR breathing mask
    • safety pins and bandage clips

  4. you can use these items, if you have no supplies in an emergency:
    • sticks for splints
    • cloth for bleeding,slings.
    • Water,to clean wounds and eyes.


  • You can also use a store bought kit and and add other items like alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls,extra bandages and a thermometer.
  • Cotton swabs are optional
  • For antibiotic ointment, Neosporin is recommended, because it does not sting the cut.
  • You could save a life by learning first aid.Go to Your local red cross or other organisation.
  • Blue items are available for kitcens ECT.


  • Wash tweezers, scissors, and thermometer after each use.
  • Be aware of what you use and don't let supplies get low!
  • Be sure everyone who would potentially use the kit is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • Do not store prescriptions in the first aid kit,items such as an epipen are all right though

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