June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. “In an environment where guns are present, extra precautions are necessary when children are in that environment, too,” says Debra Williams, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, TCRN, Trauma Outreach/Injury Prevention Coordinator for Cooper.
5 Fast Facts: Gun Safety and Children
Source: SafeKids Worldwide
Did you know? 75% of children who live in a home with a gun know where that gun is located.
- Keep guns out of sight and out of reach of children. Unsecured guns can lead to injuries and fatalities. Children at 3 years old may be able to pull the trigger on a handgun.
- Use gun locks. Be sure to use effective, child-resistant gun locks.
- Know how to store guns. Store ammunition separate from the gun. Keep guns unloaded and stored in a locked container.
- Communicate. Have conversations with parents and grandparents of your child’s friends. Discuss guns in the home, how to secure them, and how to store them safely.
- Dispose of guns properly. If you no longer need a gun, dispose of it safely and consult your local law enforcement for advice.