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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Your emergency checklist

Civil contingencies

For more information about being prepared in an emergency go to the official Staffordshire prepared website.

Interactive tutorial
See our first aid tutorials, but don't forget, in an emergency always dial 999 before you do anything else first

First aid

Tips and advice to keep you safe

First aid can treat all sorts of minor bumps and scrapes, but you should see a doctor for more serious accidents. Knowing first aid could also be life saving in an emergency before the emergency services arrive.

First aid kits

Your first aid kit could include:

  • plasters
  • bandages
  • safety pins or tape
  • pain relievers (paracetamol or aspirin) - always read the label and follow the instructions for use very carefully; there are special child versions available
  • medical spoon/syringe for giving babies and children their medicines - these are more accurate and much safer than a teaspoon
  • antiseptic lotion or saline for cleaning wounds
  • cotton wool
  • thermometer
  • tweezers (for splinters)
  • sharp scissors
  • sun block (factor 25 or higher for children)
  • child insect repellent

Keep your medical kit high up and out of reach of children.

You may choose to have two kits: a large one that stays at home and a smaller emergency kit for when you go out.

Use this interactive first aid kit to see how to use the main items in your first aid kit, with video guides and tips.


Basic first aid advice

Download some basic first aid advice.


First aid courses

Many organisations run first aid courses. To find out more about courses in your area, search on the internet. If you have a young child you can also ask your health visitor about available first aid courses.