Gun Safety Tips For Households With Children
When you have children in your home, one of your main concerns related to gun storageis keeping your children from getting their hands on the guns and using them to harm themselves or others. Therefore, you should take some extra precautions when storing guns in your home to protect your family and significantly decrease the chance of accidents related to guns.
The first thing you need to do is to get a gun safe. Keep it in a place in your home away from where your children spend their time so they will not see the safe regularly and will not be around when you open it. Doing this helps increase your chance that the guns will be secure in the safe because your children will not try to tamper with it or learn how to get the guns out by watching you open it.
In addition to having the safe, you need to take steps to use the safe for gun storage whenever you are not actively using the guns. You should never set them down in your home, but instead, make it a habit to take the guns out right before you use them and have them on your person at all times after that. When you are done with your guns, put them back in the safe right away so your children never find them sitting around the house.
Now that you have the first step of gun safety figured out, add some additional precautions to keep your kids safe. One technique is to store your guns unloaded so if your kids ever do get their hands on them, they will not be able to use the guns. Keep the bullets in a separate safe or location and only get them out when you are planning to use the gun. Wait to load it until you are out of the home to further protect your kids and unload it before you enter the home again.
Another gun safety tip is to teach your kids about the dangers of guns at an early age. If they never see or hear about them, they might get curious if you ever leave them out, which can lead to accidents. Instead, tell your kids at an early age that guns are dangerous and are only for adults, so they should never touch or play with guns. Instruct them to get you immediately if they ever see a gun lying around and to make sure their siblings don't touch or play with guns either.
When your kids reach the age at which you want to take them hunting with you, have them take state-approved gun safety courses and get all of the proper licenses and education before you allow them to handle guns. Although you might think you are a good teacher because you know how to use guns yourself, there are plenty of little details you might forget. Therefore, it is really important that your kids take the appropriate gun safety courses rather than learning directly from you. When they use guns, stress the fact that guns are not toys and are very dangerous and always be with them and attentive to them when they are using guns.
As a gun owner, it is your responsibility to protect your household from gun accidents. The best way to do this is to be attentive to gun storage by installing at least one gun safe in your home and keeping your guns there and out of the hands of children at all times. In addition, you can also educate your kids to help with another layer of protection. With these techniques and your constant vigilance, your household should be safe even with children in the home.
by: Danny Floyd