Gun safety for parents

The safest home for a child is a home without a gun. Every day, 78 children, teens and young adults are injured or killed by guns in the U.S. If a gun is present at home, parents can reduce the chances of children being injured by following some important safety rules:

Store guns and ammunition safely

  • Store guns in a locked location, unloaded, out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store ammunition in a separate locked location, out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Keep the keys and combinations hidden.
  • Any time a gun is not in its lock box, keep it in your line of sight.
  • Make sure all guns are equipped with effective, child-resistant gun locks.
  • If a visitor has a gun in a backpack, briefcase, handbag or an unlocked car, provide them with a locked place to store it while they are in your home.

When a gun is in use

  • Keep the safety catch in place until you are ready to fire it.
  • Before setting the gun down, always unload it.
  • As much as a child may want to take a turn shooting, this is not a good idea. No matter how much instruction you may give about how to safely shoot a gun, children are not capable or responsible enough to handle a potentially lethal weapon.

Talk to your children

  • Remind your kids that if they ever come across a gun, they must stay away from it and tell you about it immediately.
  • Monitor as best you can what television shows and video games your child is exposed to and make sure they are age appropriate.
  • Explain how a gun your kids might see on television or a video game is different from a gun in real life.
  • Even if you don’t have guns in your own home, ask about guns and safe storage at other homes your children visit. More than a third of all unintentional shootings of children take place in the homes of their friends, neighbors or relatives.

Debra L. Schwiers, MD is a pediatrician with Carolina Pediatrics of Greenville. Learn more about Carolina Pediatrics of Greenville or find another Prisma Health pediatrician near your work or home at ghschildrens.org/pediatricians. You also can call 1-844-447-3627 for help connecting with a pediatrician.

Want useful health information delivered to your inbox each month? Sign up for our health e-newsletter by clicking here.

  • Was this Helpful ?
  • Yes   No
0 Response
  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Delaware government employment & Video
    Delaware government employment Delaware government employment Delaware State Police Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. Gold Alert Issued for Missing Delmar Teenager Date Posted: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 Delmar- The Delaware State Police are issuing a Gold Alert for 17-year-old Tackoma Toomey of Delmar who was reported missing on April 10, 2019 and last seen at approximately 11:00 a.m. ] Troopers Arrest Laurel Man on Drug Charges-Laurel Date Posted: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 Laurel- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Laurel man after he was found in possession of drugs. The incident occurred on April 9, 2019 at approximately 6:39 …
    The post Delaware government employment & Video appeared first on Cars.

    Zimbabwe Business
    walmart auto batteries second hand car shop near me credit one bank executive office car and life insurance video game rentals real estate cincinnati sky loans travel abroad

  2. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    car sale philippines
    When kansas became a state Video
    When kansas became a state When kansas became a state The State of Kansas Welcome to Kansas, nicknamed the Sunflower State, but also known as the Jayhawk State, the Midway State, and the Wheat State. This region of plains and prairie is the breadbasket of the country, growing more wheat than any other state in the union. In 1822, the Santa Fe Trail brought hundreds and hundreds of wagons through Kansas, and as the population grew, Kansas became a state in 1861. Cattle drives and railroads continued to change the face of the state, and Dodge City became home to …
    The post When kansas became a state Video appeared first on Auto&Car.

    Lease News

Leave a Reply