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Give Families the Tools to Store Firearms Safely

Give Families the Tools to Store Firearms Safely

In 2013, a child or teen was killed by gunfire every eight days in the state of Washington. To combat the third-leading cause of injury-related death for children in the state, Seattle Children's Hospital became one of the few hospitals in the country investing in ongoing community programming focused on safe firearm storage. The hospital offers education on safe firearm storage to parents and caregivers and also offers free lock boxes and trigger locks at large-scale community events. “No one is distributing these free safety tools in the quantities we are," says Chelsie Gallagher, senior communications specialist with the Safe Firearm Storage Program at Seattle Children's.

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