Summary: Explore the resources to learn how you can play a role in preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths in our communities.
Firearms Safe Storage and Preventing Gun Violence
The safety of our students, families, and communities is a priority.
Owning a gun is a personal decision, but secure storage is a public safety issue. Kids and unsecured guns are a potentially lethal combination. Each year in the U.S., nearly 350 children ages 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else. Every year, nearly 700 children, 17 and under, die by suicide with a gun.
Safely Store Firearms
Store firearms locked, unloaded, and separate from ammunition. Read more about safe storage of firearms on the Seattle & King County Public Health webpage.
Talk with Family and Friends about Safe Storage
We encourage you to ask about the presence of unsecured guns in any home your child visits. Assume children and teens can find guns.
- Tips for visiting friends and families from Be SMART
- Debunking Gun Myths
- Asking About Secure Gun Storage
Know the Warning Signs of Suicide
Unlocked firearms are a risk to people struggling with suicidal thoughts. Learn more and find resources for suicide prevention and intervention at SPS.