How to Prevent Accidental Gunshot Wounds

Injuries resulting from accidental gunshots can be extremely serious and even fatal, so it important you take appropriate care whenever handling a firearm. Knowledge of fundamental gun safety is essential. The National Rifle Association (NRA) lists these basic safety tips for anyone who is handling a gun:

·         Always keep the gun pointed safely away from other people direction

·         Always keep your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot

·         Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

·         Always keep the safety switch on unless you are ready to fire

A frequent cause of accidental gunshot wounds are that a minor has somehow found a gun which they can "play" with. Therefore, it is incredibly important that your firearms are correctly stored in a locked gun safe or cabinet in order to prevent children or other unauthorized users from gaining access to your weapons.

If you do keep a gun in your home you are responsible for educating all member of your family about proper gun safety. Please remember that you should always lock away all your guns whenever you have a guest in your home so that they do not inadvertently gain access to your weapon without your knowledge.

Likewise, even if you are not the person operating a gun, you should take due care whenever you are around a firearm. If the necessary precautions are taken to promote gun safety then the likelihood of an accidental gunshot injury occurring may be greatly reduced.

If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another person, please contact us in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900 or Dallas at 214-327-8000. Or you can chose to contact us online.

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