It is estimated that about 33% of all households with children ages 18 and under have a gun in the home.
It is very important that we make sure our children know what to do if they happen to find a gun either in the home or outside. Here are some tips from the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program:
- STOP! – This first step is critical. Stopping first allows your child the time he or she needs to remember the rest of the following safety instructions.
- DON’T TOUCH – A firearm that is not touched or disturbed is unlikely to be fired and otherwise endanger your child or other people.
- RUN AWAY – This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.
- TELL A GROWN-UP – Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher- if a parent is not available.
We as adults should teach these important points to our children and continue to go over them periodically so they understand that a gun is not a toy and can hurt them.
Gun Safety Series
The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer.