Gun Safety Tips

Talking to Children About Gun Safety

 Teach kids to follow these basic rules you come into contact with a gun: 
    * STOP! 
    * Don't touch 
    * Remove yourself from the area 
    * Tell an adult

It is particularly important that children leave the area where the gun is located to avoid being harmed by someone who does not know not to touch it. A child as young as three (3) years old has the finger strength enough to pull a trigger.

It is also important for kids to tell an adult about a gun that has been found.

If You Have a Gun in Your Home

Many kids are raised with guns in their homes, particularly if hunting is part of family recreation. If you keep a gun in the home, it is important to teach your kids to act in a safe, responsible way around the firearm. Talk openly and honestly about firearm safety with your children. The discussion must be age-appropriate and offer the child clear instructions about avoiding guns without adult supervision. Establishing rules and answering a child's questions helps remove the mystery surrounding guns.

To ensure the safest environment for your family: 
    * Take the ammunition out of the gun. 
    * Lock the gun and keep it out of reach of children. 
    * Lock the ammunition and store it apart from the gun. 
    * Store the keys for the gun and the ammunition in a different area from where you store household keys. Keep the keys out of the reach of children. 
    * Lock up gun-cleaning supplies, which are often poisonous.

If you own a gun or have one in your home that you want to dispose, call 911 to voluntarily surrender the firearm to the police department.

Gun safety does not end when your child leaves your home. Kids can still come in contact with a gun at a neighbor's house, when playing with friends or under other circumstances when away from home. Discuss gun safety with other family members or the parents of friends if your child spends time in their homes. It may feel like an awkward conversation, but the person you ask will likely understand that you only have your child's best interests and safety in mind.