Prevention Book


Gun Safety

Aka: Gun Safety, Firearm Safety
  1. See Also
    1. Gunshot Wound
  2. Epidemiology: Firearm related injury in United States
    1. U.S. Gunshot Wound overall Incidence
      1. Deaths: 100 per day
      2. Injury: 200 per day
    2. U.S. Gunshot WoundIncidence in teens and children (under age 20 years)
      1. Deaths per year: 6,000
      2. Severe injury per year: 24,000
  3. Prevention: Community-Based Gun Safety Program
    1. North Carolina study
      1. Firearm Safety counseling
      2. Gun lock distribution and instruction on use
    2. Efficacy
      1. Increased gun lock use from 0 to 72%
      2. Decreased unlocked and loaded gun rate from 18 to 7%
    3. Reference
      1. Coyne-Beasley (2001) Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 155:659 [PubMed]
  4. Resources
    1. American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine

Gun Safety (C2963165)

Definition (MEDLINEPLUS)

Many U.S. households have guns, but they can cause harm if not handled properly. Here are some things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Teach children that they shouldn't touch guns and that if they see a gun, to leave it alone and tell an adult.
  • If your children play at another home, talk to the parents about gun safety.
  • Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  • Always store guns unloaded.
  • Lock guns in a rack or safe, and hide the keys or combination.
  • Store ammunition away from guns and keep it locked.
  • Don't keep guns in your home if someone in your family has a mental illness, severe depression, or potential for violence.
Concepts Human-caused Phenomenon or Process (T068)
English Gun Safety
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

Firearms Safety (C2963166)

Concepts Human-caused Phenomenon or Process (T068)
English Firearms Safety
Derived from the NIH UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

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