advertisement
Updated 12 May 2014

The essential home first aid kit

Every household should have a well-stocked first aid kit. Here's what you should pack into yours.

0
Every household should have a well-stocked first aid kit. You can buy one from organisations such as St John’s Ambulance, or you can make up your own. Keep one in your home and one in your car. Make sure that you know how to use the items and what they are used for.

Take action:

The basic first aid kit should contain at least the following:

3 x roller bandages (50 mm);
3 x roller bandages (7 mm);
2 x triangular bandages; gauze dressing:
1 dry and 1 paraffin-coated;
1 bottle of Dettol or Savlon (50 ml);
2 x small, medium and large wound dressings;
1 roll adhesive tape (1 m x 2.5 cm);
1 pair of bandage scissors; safety pins; tweezers;
1 burn dressing; 1 tube of antiseptic ointment;
1 pair of disposable gloves;
1 mouthpiece for administering CPR;
1 packet of assorted plasters;
1 ice pack;
paracetamol, such as Panado;
calamine lotion;
tea tree oil; arnica oil;
aloe vera and propolis cream;
a thermometer;
rehydration fluid, such as Rehidrat;
and measuring spoon

Visit our First Aid Centre

Win a first aid kit

- Photo: first aid at home from Shutterstock

 
advertisement

Get a quote

advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Knee pain relief »

Knee injuries Test your knee pain knowledge Symptoms of knee pain

Do you suffer from knee pain?

Do you suffer from recurrent knee pain? It could be osteoarthritis...

Vitamin wise »

Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins

Get your vitamins right

Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.