Rossford Fire & Rescue Department

Operation Gunlock

Firearm Safety is NO ACCIDENT, It's Up to You!

When you own a firearm, safe storage and handling is YOUR responsibility.


90% of accidental shootings involving children are linked to an easy-to-find, loaded handgun in the home.

Toddlers and Young Children

Every day, 16 American Children under the age of 19 are killed by firearms.

Teach young children the four basic rules of firearm safety:

  1. If you find a gun, STOP!

  2. Don't Touch It! Explain that if they touch it, it could fire and hurt someone.

  3. Leave the area. Explain that this will decrease their risk of getting hurt if someone else touches it.

  4. Tell an adult immediately. Explain that an adult knows how to handle a gun safely so no one gets hurt.

Children learn gradually, often forget and test rules. Periodically repeat the message to stay away from guns.

Preteens and Teenagers

Look for warning signs of suicide:

If these or other signs cause you concern, contact your local crisis control center.

To prevent potential suicides, temporarily remove all guns from your home. If you must keep firearms, keep them locked to discourage impulsive acts.

If you own a firearm, every member of your household should take a gun safety course.


Unfortunately, that phrase is all too true in our world. Elementary school age children have been found bringing guns to school. It's up to us as parents to practice and teach firearm safety, for our children and ourselves.

Here are some facts about guns and children:

Children imitate what they see and hear

This doesn't mean that a child should be brought up in ignorance of firearms. Even if you don't keep guns in your own home, what about your child's friend's home? Your child could come into contact with a gun while visiting friends or relatives. Would your child know what to do?

As a parent, you owe it to yourself and your children to be sure that they understand the rules of gun safety. Teach your children to respect guns and their ability to kill or injure. Have them attend a gun safety course and learn about firearm safety.

Guns kill. Do something about gun violence.

The time it will take may save a life.

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