A well organised, properly stocked and easily accessible first aid kit is a must for all homes and especially for homes with children. It may be worth your effort to have multiple first aid kits kept at various location such as home, in the car and at work. This can help you being in a state of preparedness in case of any kind of exigency.
In Australia organizations such as St. John Ambulance, Australian Red Cross and AustraliaWide First Aid offer a wide variety of pre-designed first aid kits for various locations and uses. However, it may be a good idea to put together your own first aid kit which can best address the special needs of your family.
While putting together a home use first aid kit you must remember to include the following supplies – triangular bandages, ‘conforming’ or elastic bandages of varying widths, non-adhesive (non-stick) dressings of varying sizes, disposable non-latex gloves (medium and large), thermal blanket, notepad, pencil, plastic bags of varying sizes, permeable adhesive tape (2.5 cm wide) and resuscitation mask or face shield. Other additional supplies / equipment which you may include in your kit could include medium and large combine dressing pads (9 x 20 cm and 20×20 cm respectively), adhesive dressing strips, medium gauze dressing (7.5 x 7.5 cm), sterile tubes of saline solution (minimum 10 ml), one pair of scissors, one pair of tweezers, thermometer (digital) and first aid booklet. You may also like to include some basic medicines, such as paracetamol and aspirin in the kit. However, care must be taken to keep the kit secure and out of reach of children. The medicines and solutions must have use-by dates and you must check these regularly and replace as and when required.
The first aid kit must be stored in a dry, cool location away from direct sun. The kit must be easily accessible and its location must be known to all family members. The case of the kit should preferably be metal which can be mounted on a wall. The design must ensure that the supplies can be stored in an organised manner and can be easily accessed in case of an emergency.