Home First Aid Kit


The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommends that every home be prepared to respond to common medical emergencies by having a Home First Aid Kit.   Preventing emergencies is the best way to keep your family healthy and safe.   However, you can protect your family and reduce your risk of injury and serious illness by preparing to respond in case one occurs.

Emergency physicians suggest including the items listed below in your Home First Aid Kit.  All the items are available from your local pharmacy.  For the kit itself, ACEP recommends using a tote bag, because it can hold all the items you need, as well as be visible where it is kept.  It also can be easily transported, such as when you go on vacation.  Appropriate members of the household should know where it is and how to use each item.


Suggested Contents

First Aid Manual:  A valuable resource about health and safety and how to respond to many medical emergencies at home.  ACEP also recommends taking a first-aid class, learning CPR, and always seeking immediate medical attention when you need it.



Medicines and Supplies


Bandages and Other Injury/Wound Care Supplies


Other Supplies


Remember to follow the same precautions for medicines in your Home First Aid Kit as with any other medication.  Use as recommended by your physician.  Store out of reach of children, and use products with child safety caps.   Check expiration dates, and include other items as recommended by your physician.   If someone in your household has a life-threatening allergy, carry appropriate medication with you at all times, such as auto injectable epinephrine.


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Material taken from the American College of Emergency Physicians.