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Essential First Aid Kit Contents for the 4th of July | What Should Be in Your First Aid Kit

Essential First Aid Kit Contents for the 4th of July | CPR and Safety Lady

As we gear up for the 4th of July celebrations, I hope you’re all as excited as I am for the barbecues, fireworks, and quality time with family and friends. It’s a day packed with fun, but also an important time to ensure you're prepared with first aid kit essentials. Understanding what should be in your First Aid Kit can make a world of difference in an emergency.

Did you know that one in four people will suffer a non-fatal injury serious enough to need medical attention or restrict activities for at least a day? That’s why knowing first aid is so crucial. First aid is the immediate care given to someone who’s injured or suddenly ill. While it doesn’t replace proper medical treatment, it provides essential help until professional care is available.

As far as injuries related to the 4th of July, teens between the ages of 15-19 have the highest rate of injuries, and young children ages 5-9 had the second highest injury rate. Hands and fingers are the most commonly reported injuries, followed by the head, face, and ears. The types of fireworks that cause the most injuries are sparklers, firecrackers, and bottle rockets. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 9,700 people were sent to emergency rooms in the U.S. due to injuries sustained from fireworks in 2023, and eight people died.

To prevent injuries, here are some quick safety tips as a refresher this holiday: 

Fireworks safety tips

  • Only use fireworks that are legal in your area.

  • Watch fireworks from a safe distance.

  • Closely supervise children when setting off fireworks. Only adults should handle fireworks.

  • Avoid allowing children under the age of 5 handle sparklers.

  • Follow instructions on fireworks package when setting off fireworks.

  • Keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of a fire.

  • Keep a safe distance from the fireworks and never hold them in your hand.

  • After fireworks are done burning, douse them with water to avoid a trash fire.

Grill safety tips

  • Set up the grill at a safe distance from trees, buildings, and other flammable sources.

  • Keep a close eye on your grill and do not leave it unattended.

  • Be careful with starter fluid and only use starter fluid meant for grills.

  • Clean your grill to avoid grease build up which can cause fires.

Water safety

  • Always supervise children when they are near water. Children ages 8 and younger need to have a responsible person 16 years or older with arms reach in the water at all time.

  • People should not swim alone and there needs to be a “Water Watcher” which is a designated person to watch all those in the water.

  • Wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets when participating in water activities such as water or jet skiing, boating, and swimming in large bodies of water.

  • Follow all rules and posted signs and flags at pools, lakes, and beaches.

Sun safety tips

  • Stay well hydrated by drinking water or sports drinks.

  • Apply 30 SPF sunscreen every 2 hours if swimming or sweating.

  • If overheated, take a rest break in the shade and stay hydrated by drinking 3-6 ounces of water every 20 minutes.

General safety tips

  • Keep a First Aid kit nearby in case of minor injuries.

  • Drink responsibly and do not operate fireworks if you have been drinking.

  • Secure your pets away from the fireworks in case they become scared or spooked by the loud noise.


Most injuries only require first aid care, but having the right supplies on hand can make all the difference. We all know we should have a home first aid kit, but what exactly should be in it?

You can buy a pre-made first aid kit from Amazon or a pharmacy, or you can put together your own. To help you out, I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of what should be included in a home first aid kit, also known as a Class A first aid kit.

Download your First Aid Kit Checklist by CLICKING HERE or read below.

Wishing you a fun and safe 4th of July!

Gail Gould

CPR and Safety Lady

Comprehensive checklist of essential items for a first aid kit, designed to ensure readiness for any minor emergency or injury.

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