Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Firearm Safety

If you own a firearm, here are some basic safety recommendations.

Home firearms safety is an essential aspect of gun ownership. Responsible gun owners understand the importance of preventing unauthorized access to firearms and taking necessary precautions to ensure that firearms are stored safely and securely. Here are some tips for home firearms safety:

  1. Store firearms in a secure location: Firearms should be stored in a locked container or safe, which can only be accessed by authorized individuals. This will prevent unauthorized access to the firearms, especially by children or individuals who are not authorized to handle firearms.
  2. Keep ammunition separate from firearms: Store ammunition in a separate location from firearms, preferably in a locked container or safe. This will prevent unauthorized access to ammunition, which can be just as dangerous as firearms.
  3. Use trigger locks or cable locks: Trigger locks or cable locks can be used to secure firearms and prevent them from being discharged. These locks are inexpensive and easy to install, making them a good option for gun owners who want an added layer of security.
  4. Educate family members about firearm safety: Teach your family members, especially children, about firearm safety. Make sure they understand that firearms are not toys and should only be handled by authorized individuals who have received proper training.
  5. Never leave firearms unattended: Always keep firearms under your control, and never leave them unattended. If you need to leave the room or go out, secure your firearms in a locked container or safe.

By following these simple guidelines, gun owners can ensure that their firearms are stored safely and securely, and that they are not accessible to unauthorized individuals.