Firearms are the leading cause of death in children in the United States. Firearm deaths are completely preventable and occur at a rate more than 5x higher than drownings.
Prevention is key… As with any health-related problem, prevention through education is a critical component. Firearms are present in 1/3 of households with children.
- The best way to keep children safe is to NOT have a gun in the home.
- If it is necessary to keep a gun in the home safe storage is critical. Guns should be kept unloaded and ammunition should be stored separately. Both should be locked and inaccessible.
- Parents can speak to caregivers in homes where young children are visiting about guns in the homes where they play.
- Talk to older kids about guns and safety.