SPOTLIGHT: First on your Farm: Be Ready with First Aid

SPOTLIGHT: First on your Farm: Be Ready with First Aid


Do you have a first aid kit?

Do you know where it is?

Is it stocked and ready for use?

First aid kits should be a staple for farm families and workers and readily available. Farming is a dangerous occupation. Having a well stocked first aid kit can help you quickly respond to farm injuries.  Being prepared can often mean the difference between an injury and a life threatening situation.

Farm-related injuries vary from farm to farm. The overall three most common hazards include livestock, machinery, and slips, trips and falls. A farm covers a lot of space and equipment, so consider having more than one first aid kit placed in various locations such as tractors, a livestock barn, and your vehicle.

Take the next step and locate your first aid kit or kits and make sure it meets your farm needs. 

To assist farmers in the Upper Midwest, UMASH has compiled a variety of resources with information on preparing first aid kits.

Build a Basic First Aid Kit

This basic kit can be used to treat small wounds, stop bleeding, support a fracture or sprain, or preserve a severed limb.

  • basic first aid manual
  • two triangular bandages (36inches) to make slings, control bleeding, splint fractures
  • antiseptic spray (not in pressurized can) to disinfect contaminated wounds (use before dressing)
  • 12 large adhesive bandages for small cuts, puncture wounds, abrasions
  • 4 safety pins to anchor triangular bandages
  • 4 sterile compress bandages (2 x 2 inches) to dress wounds, control bleeding
  • 4 sterile compress bandages (4 x 4 inches) to dress wounds, control bleeding
  • roll of tape (2-inch width) to anchor dressing (do not constrict circulation)
  • 6 pressure bandages (8 x 10 inches) to control bleeding, splint fracture
  • scissors to cut clothing or bandages
  • 2 rolls of elastic wrap to anchor dressings (use care not to stretch too tightly)
  • 5 clean plastic bags (one garbage, 2 kitchen, 2 bread-sized) to transport amputated tissue

Since Spring of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Prepared by Charles Schwab, extension safety specialist with Iowa State University, and Carolyn Sheridan, registered nurse. 06/2017


The FIRST step in First Aid is being prepared!  Having well stocked and easily accessible first aid kits can help you quickly respond to farm injuries.

Take a moment to review this UMASH Farm Safety Check to make sure you are prepared.

Additional First Aid Resources