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Safe Kids Virginia

Keeping kids safe, on the road, at home and at play 

Safe Kids Worldwide was founded in 1987, dedicated to preventing unintentional injuries to children ages 14 and under. CHoR is the lead agency for the Safe Kids program in Virginia. We educate children and their parents about safety at home, in the car and at play. Our public awareness activities include car seat safety checks, safety fairs, seasonal injury prevention activities and participation in public policy.  

Virginia seat belt safety 

Young girl in a car seat

Car crashes are the top reason children come to our pediatric trauma center. Keeping your child safe in the car is critical.  

Top car safety tips include:  

  • Remaining rear facing until the age of two—or until the maximum height and weight limit is reached. 
  • Children through age eight should be properly secured in a child safety seat.  
  • Children age 14 and under should be properly restrained in the back of a vehicle. Public transportation vehicles, school buses, limousines and farm vehicles are exempt. 
  • ALL passengers should wear their seatbelt during EVERY ride. 

We can provide information on where to obtain car seats, how to properly install a seat and when your child is ready to graduate to the next level of seat.  

Safety resources 

Find a technician/instructor
Financial assistance for car seats
Safe Kids Worldwide
Safe Kids Prince William Community
Virginia Department of Health, Center for Injury and Violence Prevention
Keys2Drive: The AAA Guide to Teen Driver Safety
Virginia Poison Center
Virginia Highway Safety Office
VCU Medical Center Injury Prevention Initiative
Virginia Emergency Medical Services for Children