Why You Should Have A First Aid Box In Your Home

I have very recently obtained a first aid qualification with my work. In fact I have a first aid certificate in First Aid At Work as well as a certificate for Infant Resuscitation and First Aid.

As a mother I am aware of the dangers that can occur in the home as well as accidents. You just never know when or how an accident could happen, and it is always best to be prepared for any incidents, especially those that do happen in your home where you aren't able to get professional medical help straight away.



For example, it was a pretty normal day for me and the kids, I was cooking their dinner and it was time to remove it from the oven, but I got distracted by one of my children walking in behind and talking to me. I hadn't opened the oven door all the way and as I put my arm in there in oven door slammed shut on my arm.

I didn't really feel anything but this is a sign that the burn has gone deep and caused damage to the nerves. It didn't looked pretty either as you can imagine but I wasn't too concerned at the time as it wasn't hurting me.

My husband was in work at the time, and as he worked 12 hour shifts he wouldn't be home until the evening, so I though I would just wrap it up and wait until he came home before I had it seen too. Anyway he came home and immediately sent me to accident and emergency at the hospital, where they informed me that I really should have got it seen to earlier and they weren't sure whether I was going to need a skin graft! I was shocked, but they treated the burn and wrapped in a cooling gel and I had to go back a few days later to assess it. Luckily it was healing well and I didn't have to have any further treatment but it certainly got me thinking about the safety in our home.

We have since stocked up our first aid box in the kitchen and in our cars.

If you do decide to purchase a first aid kit, and I highly recommend anyone has at least one in their home, here is a handy list of items to include. 

  • Plasters
  • Bandages
  • Sanitising/alcohol wipes
  • Scissors
  • Burn gel
  • Sterile dressings
  • Eye wash and eye dressings
  • Tweezers
  • Tape

Most first aid boxes contain everything you need but exclude actual medications. I would recommend including;

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Insect/bite cream/spray
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Naproxen tablets (anti-inflammatory) 
  • Basic pain relief tablets (Ibrufen or Paracetamol)
  • Antihistamines
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds

It is worth noting that all of these products, including the dressings, will have expiry dates so make sure you check and replace them regularly.

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