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Safe Kids coalition forming in Forsyth
Debut set for Feb. 22
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Forsyth County News

Safe Kids Forsyth will hold a kickoff celebration at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting room in the county administration building on East Main Street. For more information, call Forsyth County Sheriff's Deputy Courtney Spriggs at (770) 205-4547.

An organization aimed at preventing unintentional childhood injury has added Forsyth County to its membership.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, fire department and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta recently announced the formation of Safe Kids Forsyth as the newest coalition of Safe Kids Georgia.

Sheriff's Deputy Courtney Spriggs said local parents, businesses, organizations and county agencies are invited to a Feb. 22 kickoff celebration to find out how to get involved.

She said joining Safe Kids will help with networking.

"They actually are the ones who certify people to be child safety seat technicians, so we would be working hand in hand with that," Spriggs said.

She said the sluggish economy was a catalyst for joining the organization, which has access to grant money and other resources.

"Now we can get life jackets for kids, bike helmets for kids ... they have corporate contacts for donations, they have grant contacts," Spriggs said. "It's just a good resource."

According to a news release, Safe Kids is expected to help set up safety programs and training throughout the county.

The organization works to prevent childhood injuries through community partnerships, advocacy and public awareness, as well as distributing safety equipment and showing people how to use it.

According to Safe Kids, its partnerships nationwide have contributed to a 45 percent reduction in the child fatality rate from accidental injury.