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First Aid Kits

A well-stocked first aid kit is an important element of emergency preparedness. Keep a first aid kit in your home and car, and find out the location of first aid kids where you work. Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together yourself, make sure it has all the items you may need, including personal medications and emergency phone numbers. Be sure to check the kit regularly and pay attention to expiration dates, replacing any items that are out-of-date or have been used.

The Red Cross recommends that all basic first aid kits include the following:

• 2 absorbent compress dressings
• 25 adhesive bandages
• 1 adhesive cloth tape
• 5 antibiotic ointment packets
• 5 antiseptic wipe packets
• 2 packets of aspirin
• 1 emergency blanket
• 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
• 1 instant cold compress
• 2 pair of non-latex gloves
• 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
• 1 3 in. gauze roll (roller) bandage
• 1 roller bandage
• 5 3 in. x 3 in. sterile gauze pad
• 5 sterile gauze pads
• Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
• 2 triangular bandages
• Tweezers
• Emergency First Aid guide

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