Build your own first aid kit

By keeping essential items in an easy-to-find first aid kit, you and your family will be prepared in case of an emergency. Whether it’s a minor scrape or an injury that requires a trip to the doctor, a first aid kit will help you be ready to react quickly and effectively.

You can purchase a pre-assembled first aid kit to keep in your home or create your own by including the following items:

•  Bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes
•  Adhesive tape
•  Instant cold packs
•  Antiseptic wipes
•  Hydrocortisone cream – used to reduce swelling, itching, and redness caused by insect bites, allergies,
   rashes, or other skin conditions

•  Antibiotic ointment – used to prevent infection and speed the healing of wounds
•  Scissors and tweezers
•  Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers and fever reducers
•  Antihistamine – used to reduce the symptoms of allergies, such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose,
   and sneezing

•  Soap or hand sanitizer
•  Thermometer
•  Disposable non-latex gloves
•  Blanket
•  Small waterproof flashlight and batteries
•  Candles and matches
•  First aid instruction booklet
•  Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your doctor, local emergency services, and
   regional poison control center

Check your kit periodically to restock items that have expired and to make sure all batteries are working.