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The Canadian Paediatric Society encourages parents to avoid keeping guns in the home or car. If this isn't possible, guns should be kept away from children and teens.
Wherever guns are kept, there's the risk of accidental shootings. This can be both in your home and in the homes your child plays in.
Many kids are curious about guns. They may see guns on TV. They may be tempted to play with guns that are within reach. Kids and teens can act without thinking. Small children, even some toddlers, are strong enough to pull the trigger on a gun. Older children can mishandle guns and injure others. And teens who are depressed or at risk for suicide can be in greater danger when guns are around.
Here are some things you can do to help keep your child safe from guns.
Be sure that your child knows to stay away from guns in a friend's home or elsewhere and to tell you if they see or find a gun.
Along with your safety questions about pets, traffic, and supervision, ask about guns. If there is an unlocked gun in the house, consider not letting your child play there until the gun is unloaded, locked up, and out of reach.
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Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Lesley Ryan MD - Family Medicine
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