Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Firearm Safety

 

More than 700 children under 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms annually for unintentional firearm injuries. Children as young as three have acquired the strength it takes to pull the trigger on most handguns.

There are several things you can do to help ensure that your child remains safe when a firearm is in your home.

  • All firearms should be stored in a safe place. The firearm should be unloaded, locked, and out of the reach of your child.
  • Store ammunition in a separate, locked location not near the firearm.
  • Use gun locks, lock boxes, or gun safes at all times for every firearm to prevent  access.
  • Keep gun storage keys and lock combinations in a separate place from the gun lock or lock box.
  • It is vital that you teach your child to never play with or touch a gun.
  • Teach your child to tell an adult if they find a gun or to call 911 if no adult is present.
  • Check with adults in other homes your child visits to make sure safe gun storage practices are followed.

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Last Edited: October 28, 2016
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