When you’re faced with an emergency, the last thing you need is to find yourself unprepared so it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit available in the work place, at home and on the go.
Whether you buy a premade first aid kit or assemble one yourself, the Red Cross has an invaluable list of what to include and to make life even easier we’ve taken this information and turned it into a handy graphic. Save it, print it, stick it to the fridge or pin it to the staff notice board, whatever you need to do to make sure you have these essentials on hand when you need them. Remember to check the contents of your first aid kit regularly and replace any used or out of date items.
If there is a designated first-aider nearby you should always contact them in an emergency but there may be times when there isn’t one where you are or they cannot reach you for some reason. This is why it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with some first-aid basics, like how to put someone in the Recovery Position, how to give CPR and what to do if someone is having a seizure. St John’s Ambulance, the NHS and the Red Cross all provide detailed information on how to administer these and many other first-aid techniques.