Richland Hospital Health & Safety Tips – Firearm Safety
Firearm Risk Facts
- Children have a uniquely high risk of being shot.
- The most common scenario for unintentional shooting is for one child to shoot another at home with a gun kept by the parents, for the family safety.
- The fact is, a gun in the home is much more likely to kill a family member than an intruder.
- Children cannot be trusted to handle a gun safely, even though they quickly acquire the mechanical skill and strength to fire one.
- Guns and children should be nowhere near each other.
- If you as a parent choose to own guns, they should be locked away, unloaded, and stored separate from ammunition.
- If you choose to allow older children to learn to shoot, it should be under the strictest training and supervision.
- Trigger locks are available and inexpensive.
- Remove all firearms / ammunition from your home if you have a suicidal adolescent.
Firearm Safety Tips
Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program® Gun Safety Information for Parents Web Page