Many U.S. households have guns, but they can cause harm if not handled properly. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe:
- Teach children that they shouldn't touch guns and that if they see a gun, to leave it alone and tell an adult.
- If your children play at another home, talk to the parents about gun safety.
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- Always store guns unloaded.
- Lock guns in a rack or safe, and hide the keys or combination.
- Store ammunition away from guns and keep it locked.
- Don't keep guns in your home if someone in your family has a mental illness, severe depression, or potential for violence.
- Gun Safety (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)
- Household Safety: Preventing Injuries from Firearms (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Available in Spanish
- Tough Handgun Law Linked to Lower Gun-Related Murder Rate in Connecticut (06/11/2015, HealthDay)
- Children and Lethal Weapons (06/09/2015, HealthDay)
- Gun Violence Takes Toll on Kids' Mental Health, Study Finds (06/08/2015, HealthDay)
- Kids' Eye Injuries from Air, BB and Paintball Guns on the Rise (05/01/2015, HealthDay)
- BB Guns Can Kill (Consumer Product Safety Commission) - PDF
- Don't Let Gun Sports Backfire on You: Use Ear Protection and Hang onto Your Hearing (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)