05 May File of Life – to Help Save Your Life
Health, Safety, & Security: The “File of Life” program is endorsed by Hospitals, EMTs, Municipal, Medical, Senior Citizen Organizations, Police, Sheriff’s, and Fire Departments. The program is used in over 4,500 communities and in over 14 million homes. We have them for free, at the FHA Office.
The red plastic “File of Life” magnet sleeve comes with one blank form, made to hold basic vital medical information. More blank forms are available, as explained below. You should complete one paper form for each person in the household, place the completed form(s) in the red sleeve, and place it on a visible area of your kitchen refrigerator. If a magnet won’t work on some visible area of your refrigerator, you may need to tape the sleeve in place.
Chatham County police, fire and ambulance personnel are trained to look for the red sleeve when they arrive, especially if you are unconsciousness. The more information they have, the faster they can safely act. Please be sure that an EMT can quickly distinguish the correct form to choose between household members, if there might be a doubt. Use a brief description on the form; a small picture attached to the form, would be best.
If you have already completed and are using the form, remember that the information should be kept up to date. You can get a blank form at the FHA office, or download a blank form from the FHA website: choose either the link that allows you to complete the form online and then print it, or the file to download the blank form and complete it by hand.