Our Safety Programs

Safe Kids Cherokee County focuses on programs designed to prevent accidental injury to children ages 14 and under. Those programs include Child Passenger Safety, Fire and Burn (scald) Safety, Home Safety, Poison Safety, In and Around Cars (hyperthermia), Animal Bite Prevention, Water Safety, and Bike-Pedestrian Safety. For more information on our programs contact Captain Chad Arp, Safe Kids Cherokee County Coordinator.

Child Passenger Safety Program

carseat-SIBLINGSSafe Kids Cherokee County has certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians that are available to inspect your child's car safety seat free of charge. We have resources available to assist those that need to obtain a child safety seat. We do ask for a small donation from the recipient to be applied toward any seat we distribute. Appointments are necessary to meet with a technician at a location in Cherokee County. If you need multiple car seats inspected, have a need for more than one car seat or have multiple cars, a 30-minute appointment should be scheduled for each car seat or each car. You must bring your child with you so that we can ensure you have or obtain the correct child safety seat, ensure the proper fit of the child in the child safety seat and adjust the harness level in the child safety seat.
Click here to schedule an appointment.


 Fire and Burn (scald) Safety

Injuries from burns and fires can be some of the most painful and severe that a child can suffer. Fortunately, most of these injuries can be prevented by easily modifying your home and teaching your family what to do in case of a fire emergency. Safe Kids Cherokee County provided a variety of educational and demonstration programs to raise awareness with parents of ways to prevent injuries from fires, burns, and scalds. Safe Kids Cherokee County works with fire fighters, community leaders, and educators to spread the message of fire safety in schools and other events around the county.

Please see Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services for more information.


Home Safety

Each year in the United States, more than 2,200 children die at home from unintentional injuries. Safe Kids Cherokee County’s home safety program intersects with several of the other programs currently offered. This includes prevention of burns and fires, as well as water safety, and safety around the home and on playgrounds. The home safety programs are also designed to address prevention of poisonings and falls.

Please see the Safe Kids Worldwide website for more details.


Poison Safety

Sometimes, children get into things they probably shouldn’t. Safe Kids Cherokee County offers information and prevention programs and education for parents and children to prevent the ingestion of poisonous substances. The Georgia Poison Control website offers tips and educational material for anyone wishing to learn about Poison Control Safety. Please see their website for more information.

In the case of poisoning, please call the Poison Help Hotline at 1 (800) 222-1222 for assistance.


In and Around Cars (hyperthermia)

We live very busy lives, and our cars are an important and vital part of making it all happen. For some, they’re practically a member of the family. With a little information and a few simple steps, you can keep your children safe and sound in and around cars from the time they’re in their first car seat to the time they get behind the wheel.

Please see the Safe Kids Worldwide website for more information.


Animal Bite Prevention Program

Safe Kids Cherokee County focuses efforts in preventing animal bites to children through a partnership with the Cherokee County Marshal's Office – Animal Control Division. Animal control officers provide education to homeowners groups, civic groups, church groups and school classrooms with a unique informative program.

Please contact the Cherokee County Marshal's Office to schedule your program. They can be reached by calling 678-493-6200.


Bike & Pedestrian Safety Program

Bikes are a classic symbol of childhood recreation, transportation, and health. It is estimated that more than 70% of children ages 5-14 (27.7 million) ride bicycles. Also, child participation in other wheel-based sports, such as skateboarding and inline skating, has grown exponentially over the last decade.

Please contact Officer Matthew Halstead by email at


Water Safety Program

Safe Kids Cherokee County focuses our water safety efforts around Lake Allatoona through a partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers. USACE Park Rangers provide water and boating safety instruction through “Ranger Cards” a unique program which allows Park Rangers to distribute water and boating safety instruction by their personalized trading card with safety information on the back. The trading cards are collected by youth visitors at the lake from various Rangers. When they collect certain amounts, the youth can trade them for prizes. Prizes include beach towels, beach balls, life jackets and more. Upon request, Rangers go into the schools to teach water and boating safety in the classrooms.

 Please contact Chief Ranger Purvis by email at


Cherokee County Safety Town

Safety Town is a “pint-sized” town where Kindergarten-aged children learn safety messages taught by safety professionals over a 5-day period.

  • Topics Include:
    • Car Seat Safety
    • Pedestrian Safety
    • School Bus Safety
    • Escalator Safety
    • Gun Safety
    • Animal Safety
    • Bike Safety
    • Calling 911
    • Water Safety
    • Stranger Awareness
    • Fire Safety
    • Poison Safety
    • And Much More!

For more information about Cherokee County Safety Town visit our Safety Town page or contact the Director:

Ashley Arp