Everyday Items That Can Help in a First Aid Emergency

5 icons of 5 everyday items to use in a first aid emergency including cling film, frozen peas, pillow, orange juice carton and tea towel

Everyday Items That Can Help in a First Aid Emergency

Did you know that many everyday items can be used in first aid emergencies? During Child Safety Week, which took place between 6 and 12 June, the British Red Cross highlighted five useful items that you’re likely to find around the house or your setting.


1. Clingfilm for burns

After a burn has been cooled, cover it with clingfilm or a clean plastic bag.

2. Frozen veg for head injuries

Apply something cold to the injury – for example, frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel.

3. Pillow for broken bones

Support the injury with a cushion or items of clothing to prevent unnecessary movement.

4. Liquids for burns

Use any safe liquid to cool a burn, like orange juice.

5. Tea towel for heavy bleeding

A tea towel can be used to put pressure on the wound and to stop or slow down the flow of blood.

First aid provision and the early years inspection: What you need to know

Do you know what exactly is required of early years providers in the UK with regards to paediatric first aid, or what is expected of childcare organisations during the early years inspection?

Read the blog which breaks down the role of Ofsted in the childcare setting and explains how to ensure your business is compliant with Ofsted’s paediatric first aid requirements.

Read the blog

The information in this article is provided by the British Red Cross and does not represent Morton Michel.