Story by: Henry Winkelhake on May 4, 2020
Kids are home all the time these days, increasing the risk of accidental shootings.
Children are naturally curious, and boredom could increase their chances of stumbling upon something dangerous.
“I am concerned given all these factors that we’re going to see more children injured accidentally by guns,” said Kerry S. Caperell, M.D., a pediatric emergency medicine physician with Norton Children’s Emergency Medicine, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine.
Gunshot wounds are the second leading cause of death in children over the age of 1, causing more deaths than cancer. What’s even more heartbreaking is that these deaths are 100% preventable. So far this year, Norton Children’s Hospital has treated 10 children for gunshot wounds.
“These are unprecedented times. We’re not going outside; we’re not congregating together, and everyone is canceling plans. We all have time. Please spend some time today thinking about what things you can do, in your home, to keep your kids safe,” Dr. Caperell said.
Safe Kids Worldwide offers tips on how to keep children safe around guns
Safe gun storage
Finally, if you decide you no longer need a gun in your home, check with local law enforcement agencies on how to get rid of it safely.