Create The Good recognizes that your work can leave you with a few bumps and bruises along the way, and a first aid kit can come in handy. You can help your friends and neighbors prepare for accidents or emergencies by assembling and passing out your own first aid kits. See our simple steps to creating the kit below.
Keep your kit small, water-resistant and mobile. Plastic resealable gallon bags are inexpensive, keep supplies dry and are easy to transport or pack when you’re on the move. Try to stock your kit with multi-use items to keep it small and simple.
To help your family and friends be prepared for all situations, assemble the following items in resealable bags or containers to pass out at your next gathering or simply share with a neighbor:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 roll of adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 1 tube of antibiotic ointment
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- Hand Sanitizer
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
- 1 tube of hydrocortisone ointment
- Small scissors or inexpensive multi-use knife
- Safety pins
- 2 roller bandages (3 and 4 inches wide)
- 10 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 and 4 x 4 inches)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instructions: Print a Real Simple guide herehttp://www.realsimple.com/static/pdfs/injury.pdf
- A list of local emergency phone numbers
- Oral thermometer
- Batteries (to fit your flashlight and thermometer)
- Breathing barrier (with one-way valve) to administer effective and sterile mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and CPR
- Check the kit regularly, at least on an annual basis. Make sure the batteries work and check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
- Consider keeping your first-aid kit in the kitchen where it’s cool and easily accessible. The bathroom has too much humidity, which may shorten the shelf life of many items.
Of course, no kit can prepare you for every conceivable emergency, but having these supplies handy will get you off to a good start!