Safe Holiday

When our kids are babies, we babyproof the house. As they grow, we need to safety-proof their lives. During the holidays, one of the greatest threats to young people is traffic accidents caused by impaired drivers (alcohol and drugs). In 2022, there were 1,786 automobile fatalities in Georgia. Of those, 128 were caused by impaired underage drivers.


  1. Don’t drive impaired.
  2. Have a designated driver.
  3. Share and post on social media that you are taking the Safe Driving Challenge this Holiday Season.

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Set a positive example and avoid social hosting. Know the risks of underage drinking. Be involved in your children’s lives, give them support and room to grow. Follow these and more tips supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: What You Can Do To Prevent Your Child From Drinking

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Lock up your medications. Most young people get their drugs from the home medicine chest. Free medication lock boxes are available in nearly every community. Send us a message to receive a free medication lock box at


Most street drugs are laced with Fentanyl. Know the difference between real and fake medications. One Pill Can Kill


Coweta FORCE has many resources available including Fentanyl test strips, drug lock boxes, and other items for disposal of unwanted medications.


For other resources about substance misuse, visit


The Georgia Prevention Project distributes lock boxes and other resources. Contact,


If you or a family member is at high risk of overdose, you may be able to receive a naloxone kit and be trained in its use: Request a Naloxone Kit

The first medical marijuana dispensaries began opening a few months ago in Georgia, which means that a new level of education about all marijuana products is warranted. Parents need to be especially cautious about THC and Delta-8 products that are packaged to look like candy or snacks. Click here to read more.


Often, these products have potentially dangerous amounts of drugs that can harm children. Learn more in this article about THC and Delta-8.

5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC

Tips for Protecting Children

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Auto accidents have been the leading cause of death for teens for 60 years, with the leading causes being inexperience, distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, no seat belts, and tired driving. According to a study by the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety, the days just before Christmas are the most dangerous times to operate a vehicle. The study analyzed data during six-day periods surrounding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, and found that while the days before and after Thanksgiving and New Year’s are dangerous driving times, the days just before Christmas are the most perilous. Teen Drivers and Passengers: Get the Facts


Safe Kids Georgia also encourages getting routine car seat safety checks and knowing the laws of passenger safety and car seats for younger passengers. Georgia Car Seat Safety Guide


From 2019 to 2020, gun deaths increased 30% for 1- to 19-year-olds. Keep your firearms locked securely and make your children aware of the risks of having them in your household. “Though mass shootings, which have drastically increased over the past 30 years, are clearly part of the problem, the vast majority of kids are killed by guns in smaller, day-to-day incidents.” Read more.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds. Dialing 988, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, help is available 24/7. Call or text 988 to speak with someone now. 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline


Participation in summer sports keeps your kids busy while school is out, but it’s important to be mindful of the dangers of injury and dehydration. Proper warmups and equipment as well as good hydration practices are a few steps you can take to keep your active kids safe this summer. Sports Safety Tips


About 11,500 people were treated in hospital emergency departments for fireworks injuries in 2021, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. At least 9 of them died. Children under 15 years old accounted for 29% of these injuries. 4th of July Fireworks Safety: Tips for Families


Enjoy the 4th of July holiday with beach, fireworks and picnic safety tips from the Red Cross: Click here.


Holiday Fire Safety Tips
10 Ways to Stay Safe as You Deck the Halls This Holiday Season

Nearly eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. During the holiday, fire safety is particularly important. Check your lights! Water your tree! Remember what’s in the oven! If you deep-fry turkeys, watch safety videos and use caution to avoid a holiday catastrophe! Read more.


For cool-off time in the hot summer months, many kids turn to the internet, from streaming to gaming to social media browsing. The Federal Trade Commission has many tips to keep your children safe on the internet this summer, including cyberbullying awareness, safe texting, and choosing appropriate shows to watch and websites to visit. Learn more.

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