Fairfax County introduces ‘yellow dot’ program

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FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Local first responders are joining cities and counties across the country by introducing a “yellow dot” program which allows civilians to easily provide first responders with medical information.

How does it work? First responders often need medical information about accident victims so they can provide care without endangering the victim further. But in the event of an accident, people aren’t always able to communicate this information.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue asks that you:

  1. Visit your local fire station for a kit.
  2. Fill out the booklet in pencil (so you can make future updates).
  3. Attach a current photo into the booklet.
  4. Place the booklet in your glove compartment.
  5. Place the yellow dot decal in the lower left of your rear windshield to alert first responders to check the glove compartment for vital medical information. Tip: place the sticker no higher than three inches from the bottom.

Having this information readily available could save your life or the life of a family member in case of an accident.