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Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 17 and are responsible for thousands of children needing emergency medical care for wounds, fractures, and brain and spinal injuries. Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness offers gun safety information for families to keep children safe.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Kentucky 17th in the nation for number of gun-related deaths, including unintentional deaths, suicides and homicides.
Gun violence statistics in Kentucky also show:
Guns should always be stored unloaded, locked and separate from ammunition to prevent accidental injury.
It’s important to teach children to “stop — don’t touch and tell an adult” if they see a gun. However, researchers found most children still will approach a gun if unsupervised. Their curiosity is likely to overshadow lessons learned. Also, gun safety lessons can be hard for children to remember when faced with the opportunity to see a weapon.
In addition to safety lessons, parents are at the front line of safeguarding their children from accidental shootings — they cannot rely on safety training alone.
To request a free gun lock to be mailed to your home, fill out the form below or call (502) 629-7358. One lock per household. Limited quantity available while supplies last.
Firearms manufacturers have introduced new technology intended to make guns harder for children to operate. While these features have the potential to save lives, they are not foolproof. Regardless of whether a gun has this technology, firearms still should be properly locked away to prevent children from finding them.
Nonpowder guns, such as ball-bearing (BB) guns, pellet guns, air rifles and paintball guns, can cause serious injuries to children and teens.