A first aid kit may save a life

You can purchase first aid kits at many pharmacies or put together your own. Contents of a first aid kit should include:

Basic supplies

    • Cellular phone. There is no better tool in the event of an emergency. If you can't access emergency medical services, your car or boat first aid kit is not complete. (See emergency numbers below).
    • Flashlight and spare batteries
    • Adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic solution
    • Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap and bandage strips (Band-Aid) in assorted sizes
    • Instant cold packs
    • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
    • Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pairs
    • Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
    • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
    • Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
    • Safety pins in assorted sizes
    • Scissors and tweezers
    • Barrier devise for CPR
    • Soap or instant hand sanitizer
    • Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
    • Thermometer
    • Triangular bandage


    • Anti-diarrhoea medication
    • Over-the-counter oral antihistamine
    • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers such as paracetamol, (Never give aspirin to children)
    • Calamine lotion
    • Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
    • Personal medications that don't need refrigeration
    • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon

Give your kit a check-up

Check your first aid kits regularly to be sure the flashlight batteries work and to replace supplies that have expired.

National Emergency Numbers in SA
National Emergency Response:  10111
Ambulance:  10177
Cell Phone Emergency:  112

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