Always keep your guns unloaded and locked out of sight. Keep the lock key with you, not in a desk or dresser drawer. Keep the ammunition locked up in a different place as well. Do not show your child where you keep the gun(s) and ammunition.

  • Never let your child play with guns.
  • If your family hunts, enroll your child in a gun safety class. Education is vital if your child is going to be around guns or hunting.
  • Find out if there are guns in the homes of your child's friends before letting your child go to the home to play or spend the night.
  • Teach your child what to do if he is at a friend's house and the friend wants to show off a gun. Make a plan with your child to say "no," tell an adult in the house, or call you to go home. Guns can accidentally fire, especially when being mishandled.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016


About 10 to 12 gun-related deaths occur every day to children younger than age 19 in the U.S.

Source: Injury Free Coalition for Kids