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Household Safety: Preventing Injuries From Firearms

The best way to protect your kids from injury and death due to firearms is to keep your home free of guns and avoid households where guns are kept.

If you do own a gun, be sure that these rules are followed in your home (and, if applicable, the homes of relatives or friends that your child visits):

Talking to Kids About Gun Safety

Teach kids to follow these rules if they come into contact with a gun:

It's particularly important for kids to leave the area to avoid being harmed by someone who doesn't know not to touch the gun. A child as young as 3 years old has the finger strength to pull a trigger. It's also important for kids to tell an adult about any gun that's found.

Date reviewed: January 2018

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