At Children’s Minnesota, our goal is to put kids first and keep them safe. “As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, we want to prevent gun violence and accidental shootings,” said Laura Plasencia, trauma services manager.
Parents can take a few simple steps to prevent fire-arm related injuries:
- Make sure any firearms are stored unloaded and locked, and children don’t have access to keys.
- Store ammunition separately.
- Disassemble firearms, or use cable and trigger locks.
- However, having no guns in the home is the only guaranteed way to prevent accidents.
Source: Keeping Kids Safe from Gun Accidents: 6 Strategies for Families
In honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, many Children’s employees wore orange to support firearm safety.