FARGO — Greta Miller of Safe Kids Fargo-Moorhead has been demonstrating and teaching gun safety, among other safety lessons, ever since she started as a community life educator at Sanford Health.
She said with recent shootings involving children happening in the F-M area, the message of keeping guns out of children’s hands is more important.
“Education with kids and caregivers (and) parents, is really key in preventing some of these accidents, and things happening to ones that we love,” Miller said.
Miller said gun locks are key to preventing children from using guns, but the kind of lock you should get — either for the trigger or for the chamber — depends on the type of gun.
When figuring out if a gun is real or not, Miller said to look for an orange tip. If one’s there, it’s a toy.
She also suggested storing the gun in a place where a child can’t find it, like a high shelf or a safe.
“It might not necessarily be their child, but it could be a niece or a nephew, or a neighbor kid that maybe gets into your vehicle (and finds one),” Miller said.
But, if a child does find a gun somewhere, Miller said they should think twice before they grab it, and accidentally pull the trigger.
“They should walk away, go tell an adult, that kind of thing. We don’t want them to engage in playing with it with other kids,” she said.
Stats from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital show about 1,300 children younger than 18 years old die from shootings every year.