Do you keep a gun at your home? Learn safety tips to keep your child from being hurt in a gun accident and what to do if he is injured at someone else’s home.

Follow These Tips to Prevent Your Children From Being Injured in a Gun Accident

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gun safety for childrenOne of the most tragic and deadly accidents that children can be involved in is a firearm accident. According to the Children’s Defense Fund, 2,799 children and teens were killed in gun accidents in 2015. This was the largest number of deaths in these incidents since 2008. Many people keep guns at their homes, and devastating accidents happen at their home as well as at friends' or other family members' homes.

Tips to Prevent a Gun Accident at Your Home

Gun owners have a responsibility to keep their guns out of the reach of children. Properly storing the guns so children cannot obtain access to them is essential. Many accidents happen at homes when kids have the ability to get a gun out when unsupervised and play with it—often resulting in tragic deaths. If you keep guns at your home, follow these safety tips to keep your children safe:

  • Keep your gun unloaded when it is not in use.
  • Store your gun in a locked cabinet, safe, or storage unit in an area that is not accessible to children.
  • Keep your ammunition in a separate locked unit.
  • Keep the keys to your locked storage units somewhere secure that your children cannot reach. Do not keep these keys with those for your vehicle or home.
  • Use a locking device to make your gun inoperative when it is not in use.
  • Be certain that you understand how to safely use your gun and to remove the ammunition from it.
  • Keep your gun’s muzzle in a safe position so that it will not cause an injury even if it accidentally discharges.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger unless you intend to shoot your gun.
  • Clean your gun in a secure location, and do not leave it unattended. Promptly lock it up after you finish cleaning it.
  • Teach your children about gun safety and instruct them to never touch a gun unless under adult supervision.
  • Instruct your children to leave the area immediately if they come into contact with a gun and to tell an adult about it.

If your child was injured in a gun accident caused by another person’s negligent storage of a gun or other negligent actions, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to file his claim for compensation. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation to get your questions answered and to learn about your child’s legal options.

Category: Kids Safety, Children Injuries and Accidents


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