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Small children, even some 1-year-olds, are able to pull the trigger on a
gun. Also, older children or adults can mishandle guns or firearms and
injure others. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to
avoid keeping guns and firearms in the home or car. If this is not possible, guns and firearms
should be kept away from children and stored:1, 2
Talk with your children about gun safety. Be sure that they know to stay away from guns in a friend's home or elsewhere and to tell you if they see or find a gun.
Talk with the parents of your children's friends. Find out if they have guns in their homes. If they do, ask that they keep them unloaded, locked up, and out of children's reach.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2012). Gun safety: Keeping children safe. The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP). Available online: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Gun-Safety-Keeping-Children-Safe.aspx.
American Academy of Pediatrics (accessed August 2012). Handguns in the home. Available online: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Handguns-in-the-Home.aspx.
November 26, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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