Home and Recreational Safety

Safe Sleep

The Virginia Department of Health’s Injury and Violence Prevention Program works to improve safe sleep habits in childcare and hospital settings. We provide training, model safe sleep habits in hospitals and develop policies for all communities. Our program promotes the latest advice for safe sleep from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This program is a partnership with VDH's Division of Child and Family Health. Learn more.

Choking and Strangulation Prevention

Most cases of childhood suffocation, strangulation, and choking occur in the home. Many of these accidents can be avoided by taking simple precautions. Learn more.

Drowning Prevention

When many of us are at home, the pool, or the beach, injuries do not come to mind often. When children are near water, supervision and safety is critical for prevention of drowning. Children do not always struggle in the water. They can drown without making a sound. Learn more.

Home Fire Safety

Home fire-related deaths continue to pose a significant public health problem. Many of these can be prevented. Children and adults over 65 years are at a higher risk for dying in a fire than the rest of the population. Learn more.

Poison Prevention

The CDC defines poison as any substance, including medicine, that harms your body if too much is eaten, inhaled, injected, or absorbed. To learn more about the Virginia Department of Health's tips to prevent poisoning, click here.