What you need to know about keeping kids safe around guns.
Store Guns and Bullets Safely
- Store guns in a locked place, unloaded, out of the reach and sight of kids.
- Store bullets in a separate locked place, out of the reach and sight of kids.
- Keep the keys and the numbers to open the lock hidden.
- When a gun is not in its lock box, keep it in your line of sight.
- Make sure all guns have working, child-resistant gun locks.
- Make sure guests who have guns also store it in a locked place while visiting.
- Do not Leave guns out where a child can get it and get hurt or killed
Talk to Your Kids and Their families
- Tell kids that a gun they see on TV or a game is different from a gun in real life.
- Teach kids DO NOT touch a gun and to tell an adult if they see one right away.
- Talk everyone who visits about safe gun use.
Get Rid of Guns You Don’t Need
- If you decide that you no longer need to have a gun in your home, get rid of it.
Adapated from Safe Kids Worldwide
Gunshot wounds are amongst our most common cause of injury seen at the UNC Trauma Center for kids and adults. Our injury prevention efforts surrounding this serious and complicated problem consist of offering Stop the Bleed classes to community and providing community agencies such as law enforcement with gun locks to distribute in to community members. Additionally, we are excited to be working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to launch Orange County, NC’s first Gun Safety Team.
For more information on having Stop the Bleed brought to your community group or how you can get a gun lock at no cost please contact Lindsay Bailey at Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org or 984-974-2437.
Learning & Resources
Gun Safety and Violence Prevention Helpful Links
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, BleedingControl.org, The Firearms Industry Trade Association, Project ChildSafe: the National Shooting Sports Foundation