Barrow safety program in full swing

WINDER - Bicycle safety. Poison pointers. Suicide prevention tips. It's all in a day's work for the Barrow County Safety Zone.

The Zone is a coalition of experts from 18 local, state and national organizations that tours the Barrow County School System, divvying pointers on all things safety.

A kind of traveling panel of volunteer experts, in other words.

The tour recently kicked off with appearances at Auburn and Yargo elementary schools.

"The students and teachers are just a pleasure to work with," said Barrow County Fire Department Lt. Scott Dakin, who doubles as Zone chairman.

Now in its third year, the Zone has added two more organizations with customized safety programs: expect to see Sun Safety Basics (put on by the American Cancer Society) and Electrical Safety Education (courtesy of Georgia Power) at an elementary school near you.

The Zone has expanded each year and now includes organizations as diverse as the Winder Police Department, Fort Yargo State Park and the Uzupis Theater Group.

"It's a lot of work scheduling and organizing these events," said Meg Loggins, another member of the Zone. "(But) it's well worth it to help educate my daughters and other children in Barrow County."