Hooray! Summer is finally here! It’s time for picnics on the beach or at the park, camping trips, or just hanging out and relaxing as a family. The kids are out of school of course, and with June being National Safety Month now is an ideal time to give a few reminders and tips on how to keep your precious children safe around fire arms this summer.
3 Gun Storage Safety Tips
- If you don’t have gun safes, now is the time to get at least one! Keeping your firearms unloaded and stored away under lock and key is the only fool-proof method for safeguarding the well-being of your kids and your neighbors’ children too. And it will also prevent incidents of theft while you are on vacation.
- If you keep a loaded handgun in the home for personal protection, keep it in a biometric safe where you can access it quickly but unauthorized little hands cannot.
- Even if your own firearms and ammunition are always stored away securely in gun safes, there is absolutely no guarantee that your neighbors’ are. Take the time to teach your kids not to touch unstored guns they may come across when they are playing with their friends, and to tell an adult about these weapons immediately.
Gun Handling Safety Tips
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the warm summer months are the peak time for family target shooting expeditions. Shooting is a great way to spend quality time together and sharpen aiming skills: and it’s a whole lot of fun too! Before every target shooting session, be sure to go over the four basic rules of gun handling safety with your kids: even if they are experienced teens. A little refresher course never hurts:
- Always keep a gun’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction
- Treat every single gun as if it is a loaded gun
- Absolutely do not touch the trigger until it is time to shoot
- Know exactly where your target is and what is behind it
The best role model for responsible gun ownership, storage, and handling is YOU. Kids watch your every move, so don’t have one set of rules for you and a separate one for them: such a practice sends mixed messages and will not reinforce the safe gun handling lessons you’re trying so hard to teach. `
Bottom line: With kids home from school, it’s wise to keep your guns stored in Gun Vault gun safes whenever firearms are not in use; and now is the time to teach and re-teach the sound basics of gun handling. Happy summer!