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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.
Nonpowder guns, such as ball-bearing (BB) guns, pellet guns, air rifles and paintball guns, can cause serious injuries to children and teens.