According to federal statistics, there are guns in approximately 40% of all U.S. households. Even if you do not have a firearm in your home, chances are that someone you know does. Your child could come in contact with a gun at a neighbor’s house when playing with friends, or under other circumstances outside of your control. Arizona Home Defense helps parents and children learn firearm safety by using The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program methodology (STOP!, Don’t Touch, Run Away, Tell A Grown-Up).
Arizona Home Defense encourages parent and gun owners to use firearm safety tips:
1. Talk to your family members and children about guns, and gun safety. By removing the mystery surrounding guns, your child will be far less curious about guns, and more likely to follow safety rules.
2. Make sure your family members and children understand the difference between a toy gun and a real gun, and the difference between “pretend” and real life.
3. Ensure all firearms cannot be reached; safely store firearms so they are not accessible to family members or children.
4. Keep ammunition securely stored away where family members or a child cannot reach it.
Parents who accept the responsibility to learn, practice and teach gun safety rules will ensure their child’s safety to a much greater extent than those who do not. That is why it is critical for your child to know what to do if he or she encounters a firearm.
Have more questions about how handgun safety or how to talk to your children about gun safety? Call Arizona Home Defense or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.