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Firearms - Identifying High-Risk Situations

A firearm in the home, whether loaded or not, increases the risk of firearm-related injuries to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocates the removal of handguns from areas where children live and play. However, even if your household does not contain a gun, it is likely that your child will come into contact with a firearm at another house, as it is estimated that 40 percent of US homes have a firearm.

Awareness of situations that can increase your child's risk of exposure to unintentional firearms injuries may help prevent them. High-risk situations include, but are not limited to, the following:

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