NEWS | August 31, 2017

Gun safety recommendations for parents


Firearm-associated injuries affect nine children each day in the United States, according to the journal Pediatrics. To protect children, UC Davis Children’s Hospital reminds parents to keep firearms out of children’s reach and offers these recommendations:

  • Remove firearms from environments where children live and play
  • Firearms should be locked and unloaded, preferably in a gun safe.
  • Lock ammunition separately from firearms.
  • Make sure your children understand that violence on TV and the movies is not real and that in real life, children are killed and badly hurt by guns.
  • Ask other parents if there are any unlocked guns in their homes before sending your children over to their home to play.

View the 60-second ABC10 segment about gun safety.

Additional resources

The ASK Campaign

Childhood Firearm Injuries in the U.S. – Pediatrics

Reduce the Risk of Gun Injury - 

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