Sadly, house fires are up across the nation. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) program, Sparky's School House, has age appropriate activities for pre-school to fifth grade. These are the same materials used by our local fire departments.
We all share a role in the safety of our children and community. It is normal for young children to be curious and explore in drawers, cabinets and closets at home and when visiting other houses. They are also fascinated with firearms. Preteens and teens may be attracted to firearms and see firearms as symbols of power. Depressed teens may seek household firearms to attempt suicide. Safe storage practices can reduce the risk of firearms ending up in the wrong hands.
The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries.
Simple firearm storage tips include:
Store firearms unloaded and locked
To properly store firearms, use a gun safe, gun lock box, a trigger lock or a chamber lock