Be SMART: How Safe Gun Storage Can Prevent Injuries

ASK-Pledge-facebook-profileToday, safety advocates across the nation will come together to share an important message in honor of National ASK day.  The message is simple: Asking Saves Lives.  Most parents already ask if there are any pets or smokers in the home where your children play, so ask a third question. Ask – Is there an unlocked gun in the home?

Did you know?

• 7 million American children live in homes with guns
• Every year, nearly 300 children 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else — often fatally
• Every year, nearly 500 children 17 and under die by suicide with a gun

Many of these deaths are preventable simply with responsible gun storage. Thanks to advocacy groups, like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, we can show all parents and caretakers how to “Be SMART” and keep kids safe.

• S – Secure guns in homes and vehicles.
• M – Model responsible behavior.
• A – Ask about unsecured guns in other homes.
• R – Recognize the risks of teen suicide.
• T – Tell your peers to be SMART.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have spent over a decade hosting National ASK celebrations and have reached 19 million households thanks to hundreds of neighborhood safety organizations and thousands of AAP members. For more information on the National ASK Initiative or to take the pledge to always ask, click here.

If you have a group of parents that could benefit from a Be SMART presentation, please contact me at kristen.urso@chp.edu.

If you are in need of a gun lock or other home safety products, visit the 6th Floor Safety Center for a home assessment and leave with a limited number of FREE products.

For more information on safety initiatives at Children’s, visit www.chp.edu/injury-prevention.

  • Jenna Paulat

    Wonderful post, Kristen. Thank you for sharing! Far too many tragedies occur when we take safety for granted. Asking the question can save a child’s life.