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Gun Safety - What You Need to Know About Guns in Your Home

Jul 24, 2008
Almost 40% of American household with children also house firearms. Although it's perfectly legal to own a gun, and many adults practice diligent gun safety, children are still hurt by gun accidents every day.

The statistics are startling, but the fact is that children have easier access to guns than most people think. Children are curious and observant. Although many people believe that they have their guns secured safely, chances are many of them will be found by a child.

In 2005, more than 16,000 children were injured by a firearm, and more than 5,000 have died from gun injuries since 1990.

The statistics are startling, but the fact is that children have easier access to guns than most people think. Children are curious and observant. Although many people believe that they have their guns secured safely, chances are many of them will be found by a child.

One of the best ways to safely secure your guns within your home is by investing in a gun safe. There are dozens of styles and models and price ranges of gun safes available so you are sure to find one that suits your needs of protecting your guns as well as keeping them out of the wrong hands.

Gun safes come in two basic styles: handgun safes and rifle safes. After you determine which one you need, there are many different safety options available.
First, you should decide on what type of locking mechanism you are most comfortable with. Key locks are not recommended, because if a child finds the key, the gun safe is now worthless.

Dial combination locks are still a commonly used type of gun safe. These have the classic dial that is manually rotated to a certain combination.

Keypad locks are another option. These gun safes come with a digital keypad where your combination is entered into. Many of these models incorporate a feature that prevents a potential hacker (which may be your child or child's friend) from attempting different combination "guesses."

Lock bolts are a great option if you are concerned about intruders as well as children gaining access to your gun safe. Lock bolts are virtually saw-proof and inaccessible even if the hinges are cut off.

It's unlikely that a child will attempt to get into a gun safe with any other measure besides the lock. Thickness of the steel and other factors aren't as important as the lock when it comes to children's safety around gun safes.

According to Newsweek, 64% of parents with children under 18 are somewhat or very concerned that their child could be harmed at a friend's house where guns are kept.

By having a safe and secure gun safe in your home, you can rest assured that your children and children's friends can't access your firearms.
About the Author
Wendy Moyer writes for search engine marketing company AuthorityDomains.com. Authority Safes offers a large selection of gun safes as well as tips on selecting the right gun safe for your home.
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