Having a first aid kit in your car.

Do you have a First Aid Kit in your car?

It is a good idea to keep a well-stocked first aid kit handy in your vehicle. It is good to be prepared for emergencies by carrying a first aid kit that could help keep a minor medical injury from becoming something more serious. Most first aid kits can be purchased from any pharmacy/drug store or auto parts supply store. We purchase ours and replenish/restock them from BWS Industries on Piner Rd in Santa Rosa and from Cintas for our shop kits. You can also find well stocked simple first kit on line at amazon.com

You can make one on your own as well. Some kits are designed for specific activities, such as hiking, camping or boating. Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need. Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest. Check the kit regularly. Make sure the flashlight batteries work. Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents. The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:

* 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
* 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
* 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
* 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
* 5 antiseptic wipe packets
* 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
* 1 blanket (space blanket)
* 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
* 1 instant cold compress
* 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
* 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
* Scissors
* 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
* 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
* 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
* 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
* Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
* 2 triangular bandages
* Tweezers
* First aid instruction booklet

Which ever kit you purchase or put together, make sure that you and anyone riding with you knows where it is stored and how to use it or at the least, follow the guide handbook that accompanies the kit. Have a plan and hopefully you will never have to use it.

Keep safe Santa Rosa.

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