Kit Contents

The Canadian Red Cross suggests the following kits and contents.

First Aid Kit

Keep a first aid kit readily available in your home, cottage, car, boat, workplace, and recreation area. Store it in a dry place and replace used or outdated contents regularly.

A first aid kit should contain the following:

  • Emergency telephone numbers for EMS/9-1-1, your local poison control centre, and your personal doctors

  • Home and office phone numbers for family members, friends, or neighbours who can help

  • Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds

  • Adhesive tape

  • Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or to make an arm sling

  • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Safety pins

  • Instant ice packs

  • Disposable non-latex gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves

  • Flashlight, with extra batteries in a separate bag

  • Antiseptic wipes or soap

  • Pencil and pad

  • Emergency blanket

  • Eye patches

  • Thermometer

  • Barrier devices, such as a pocket mask or face shield

  • Coins for pay phone

  • Canadian Red Cross first aid manual

Emergency Supplies Kit

Have supplies ready for an emergency. Store them in a backpack or a duffle bag so you can take them with you if you have to evacuate the area.

  • Four litres of water per person per day (use sealed, unbreakable containers and replace the supply every six months)

  • Packaged or canned food that won’t go bad, and a can opener (replace the food once a year)

  • Walking shoes, rain gear, and a change of clothing

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • A first aid kit and prescription medications (check the medications every six months to make sure they haven’t passed their expiry date)

  • Toilet paper and other personal supplies

  • An extra pair of glasses

  • A battery-powered radio and flashlight, along with extra batteries

  • Spare cash

  • An extra set of car keys

  • A list of your family doctors

  • Important family information such as a list of any medical conditions or medical devices, such as pacemakers

  • Photocopies of all important identification for you and your family, including health card numbers

  • Special items for babies, elderly, or disabled household members

  • Cell phone and contact information for family and friends

Emergency Car Kit

Keep an emergency kit in your car.

  • A battery-powered radio and flashlight, with extra batteries

  • A blanket

  • Booster (jumper) cables

  • A fire extinguisher

  • A first aid kit and manual

  • Bottled water and high-energy foods that won’t go bad (replace the water every six months and the food once a year)

  • Maps of the area

  • A shovel

  • Flares

  • A tire repair kit and pump

  • Matches and a “survival” candle in a deep can that will burn for many hours


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