Is there a gun where your child plays? Asking this simple question is an important step every parent can take to help their kids stay safe. In the U.S. about 1/3 of homes with kids have guns, many left unlocked or loaded. Just talking to your child about the dangers of firearms is not enough. After all, children are naturally curious. If a gun is accessible in someone's home, there is a good chance a child will find it and play with it. Countless tragedies have occurred when kids found guns that parents thought were well-hidden or stored safely.
On ASK Day, the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to ask about the presence of guns in homes where their children will play.
Pediatrician Robert Sege, MD, FAAP, comes on the Healthy Children Radio show on RadioMD to offer advice on having this important conversation.
Segment 1: ASK: Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?