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The Importance of Having a Home First Aid Kit

A first aid kit with the proper supplies can help clean cuts, limit risks of infection and help an injury to heal such as a sprain.

The following items are the basic contents of a first aid kit, with explanations of what to use when:

Sterile dressings

Wound dressings

Dressing pads attached to a roller bandage are the most useful bandage. They are easy to apply and so are ideal for an emergency.

Types of wound dressings include:

  • sterile wound dressing
  • sterile eye pad
  • sterile pad
  • fabric plasters
  • Waterproof plasters.

Adhesive dressings or plasters

These are made from fabric or waterproof plastic and can be applied to small cuts and grazes. If you work with food, you’ll be required to use blue plasters. Gel plasters can be used to protect blisters.

Types of adhesive dressings or plasters include:

  • clear plasters
  • blue catering plasters
  • Gel blister plasters.

Browse wound dressings

Browse plasters and adhesive dressings


Roller bandages

These are used to support injured joints, limit swelling, maintain pressure on wounds and secure dressings in place.

Types of roller bandages include:

  • conforming roller bandage
  • open-weave roller bandage
  • support roller bandage
  • Self-adhesive bandage.

Triangular bandages

These are made of cloth and can be folded to make bandages or slings. If they are individually wrapped and sterile they can also be used as dressings for large wounds and burns.

Tubular bandages

Gauze tubular bandage is used to secure dressings on toes and fingers and is applied to the injury with a special applicator. Elasticated tubular bandages can be used to support injured joints such as the elbow or knee.

Browse roller bandages

Browse triangular bandages

Browse tubular bandages

Protective items

Disposable gloves

If available, gloves should be worn whenever you dress wounds, handle bodily fluids or other waste materials. Latex-free gloves should be worn where possible as some people are allergic to latex.



Protection from infection

A plastic face shield or pocket mask can help protect you from cross infection with the casualty when giving rescue breaths.

Here are the top ten reasons to keep a first-aid kit at your home and office:

  1. Treat Injuries Quickly:

First-aid kits help you handle the medical emergencies as quickly as possible. In an emergency, a delay of just a single minute can cause irreconcilable damage. These kits offer basic and instant care for common medical injuries like injuries, burns, cuts etc.


  1. Pickering Safety Can Build Kits Custom for Your Home or Workplace:

Pickering Safety first-aid kits are customizable. If you work in a particular niche, we can build a first-aid kit that contains suitable emergency equipment. We provide first-aid kits to a wide array of businesses and professionals in the medical industry, police force and many businesses throughout the Lower Mainland.


  1. Everything You Need in One Place:

A first-aid kit contains all vital medical products in one easy location. So, in case of emergency, you do not have to waste valuable time assembling the appropriate medical items.


  1. Less Risk of Complication:

A well-equipped first-aid kit, in most cases, can prevent further complication with the injury or medical condition. Keeping a medical kit handy can be cost effective because it’s less likely a wound treated immediately with a first-aid kit will require complex attention in the future.


  1. Very Compact Package:

First-aid kits contain all the essential medical contents in a very compact package. You can really take a first-aid kit with you anywhere, whether you’re travelling or living/working in a small space. There’s really no excuse not to keep one on hand!


6.Keep Antibiotics Within Arm’s Reach:

In case of a cut, it’s imperative to use antibiotics as soon as possible to prevent infection. Pickering Safety First-Aid Kits contain basic antibiotic ointments to be used in emergencies.


  1. Stop Blood Loss Immediately:

Sometimes injuries are messy. Applying gauze and bandage immediately will stop the blood loss. It’s difficult to stop blood loss efficiently without the proper medical products on hand and prolonged blood loss can be quite dangerous.


  1. Relieve the Pain of a Burn Instantly:

If a burn or scald occurs, first-aid treatment should be applied to the affected area as quickly as possible. The goal is to relieve the pain and prevent further damage. Our Second Skin products make particularly useful additions to any first-aid kit.


  1. Prevent the Discomfort of Skin Irritation or Bug Bites:

Wounds and insect bites can be tremendously uncomfortable, if handled immediately and carefully with the appropriate first-aid treatments, the irritation can heal faster and in a more effective way. This will prevent scarring!


  1. Be a Helping Hand to a Child or Friend:

If nothing else convinces you – keep in mind that the people around you may not be as prepared as you are. Your first-aid kit may come in handy if anyone around you experiences any of the injuries mentioned above. Kids and elderly people are most susceptible to injuries and accidents. First-aid kits act as an indispensable medical item for all.



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