Be SMART Safe Storage of Firearms

  • The Be SMART campaign was created to bring together all responsible adults to reduce suicides and the number of unintentional shootings that occur when children get ahold of an unsecured firearm.

    Alaska Facts
    • Firearms are the #1 cause of death for children and teens (ages 0-19) in Alaska.
    • An average of 20 children and teens (ages 0-19) in Alaska die from firearms every year.
    • 1 in 10 Alaska adults live in a home with an unlocked and loaded firearm.

    Every year, nearly 300 children aged 17 and under gain access to a firearm and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else, and nearly 500 more die by suicide with a firearm. Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with secure firearm storage, yet it’s estimated 4.6 million American children live in homes with at least one firearm that’s loaded and unlocked. Be SMART is a public education campaign that asks firearm owners and non-firearm owners alike to take simple steps to reduce the number of unintentional shootings and suicides that occur when children or teens get a hold of firearms that are not stored securely.

    The Be SMART campaign encourages responsible firearm ownership and aims to reduce firearm deaths as a result of children getting their hands on unsecured firearms. The campaign raises awareness about unintentional shootings by children and how to securely store firearms in the home.  Parents and caretakers are encouraged to “Be SMART” by taking these five simple steps to help prevent shootings by children:

    • Secure all firearms in your home and vehicles;
    • Model responsible behavior around firearms;
    • Ask about the presence of unsecured firearms in other homes;
    • Recognize the risks of teen suicide;
    • Tell your peers to be SMART.

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