What To Put In Your First Aid Kit

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s important to ensure that you have a well-stocked First Aid kit on hand. If an accident or an emergency does happen, you know that you have the appropriate First Aid equipment ready to go.  It’s a good idea to have a First Aid kit for not only for your home, but in your car, boat, camping gear and anywhere where you spend your leisure time.

Contents of a First Aid Kit

The OHS regulation outlines that a basic first aid kit should include:

  • Disposable Gloves (at least 2 pairs)
  • Triangular Bandages (minimum 90cm size)
  • Gauze bandages
  • Wound Dressings
  • Adhesive plastic dressing strips (i.e. ‘Band-Aids’)
  • Adhesive dressing tape
  • Plastic Amputated Body Part Bags
  • Safety Pins (packet)
  • First Aid Pamphlet or Manual

Other First Aid Kit Items

Other items you might include in your First Aid kit include:

  • Scissors
  • Splinter forceps
  • Antiseptic swabs
  • Dressing Tape
  • Eye Pads
  • Sterile Eyewash Solution
  • Rescue/Thermal Blanket
  • Resuscitation mask or face shield

Things to Remember

  • Ensure all items are in your First Aid kit.
  • Ensure all contents are in good condition and in their packaging.
  • Ensure the items are within any expiry date.
  • Check your First Aid kit regularly and replace items when you use them or when they expire.
  • Make sure the first aid kit is easily accessible and in a known location.
  • Consider doing a First Aid course, so you know how to properly use your First Aid equipment.

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