Understanding how to keep firearms away from children is an essential responsibility when owning a firearm. All families should take the necessary steps to keep them away from children.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) February 06, 2013
It’s an unfortunate fact that crime levels and break-ins are high in areas all over the country, which has led a number of American families to take matters into their own hands, by owning firearms. Some families choose to own firearms for recreational activities, such as hunting, and others have firearms for defense and protection. While gun ownership within the home can provide added security and peace of mind, it’s important to remember there are numerous dangers associated with gun ownership if proper precautions are not practiced in the home. It is the responsibility of any person who decides to own a gun to also take the necessary steps to keep family members safe.
Gun ownership can be particularly dangerous for families with children, but according to the security experts at SecuritySystemReviews.com, parents can take measures to both own guns and keep children safe. SecuritySystemReviews.com is a website providing the best security system reviews and pricing comparisons, including ADT prices and Lifeshield pricing.
SecuritySystemReviews.com recommends that families with guns take the following precautions to avoid the dangers associated with gun ownership:
1. Always keep guns in a safe when not in use. Safes that unlock from fingerprints can be a particularly good option for homes with children, because it doesn’t leave open the possibility for a child to find the keys to the gun safe. Hiding a gun does not offer enough protection to keep children from being finding the firearm. Gun safes are often designed with different concerns in mind, including child safety, protection from fire and protection from theft. For families that only want to keep a gun away from a child a lockable cabinet may suffice, but there is the chance the child will be able to find the key and unlock the cabinet. Many gun owners opt for a safe that is going to protect from all three threats, including children, fire and burglary.
2. Always keep ammunition out of a gun when it is stored at home, and store ammunition in a separate place from the gun. Guns should even be unloaded when stored in a locked safe.
3. Before sending a child to a friend or family member’s home, parents should ask about the presence or storage of guns, including shotguns and rifles. Parents should be sure when a child is visiting another home the homeowner has guns unloaded and stored in a locked location.
4. Teach children basic gun safety rules. Commonly taught rules for children include not touching a gun, even if the child thinks it is unloaded, never point a gun at anyone, even in a playful situation, and always tell an adult immediately if the child is to come into contact with a gun.
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