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Keep Kids Safe During The Holiday Season

6:43 PM, Nov 27, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - If you have children, you know they can and will get into just about anything within their reach. As you're spending time with family and friends during the holidays, remember to focus on safety. When you're in the kitchen, turn pot and pan handles away from the edge, so kids can't reach them.

If you plan to gather around the TV, make sure flat screens are secure, mounted on the wall or out of reach. More than 25,000 children get hurt by falling TVs every year.

When WFMY News 2 talked to parents about gun safety, they all said it's important to make sure you talk to your children about guns. A simple gun lock like this can save lives. Over the past decade, gun accidents have killed nearly 800 children.

"You have to think about the safety of those kids. That extra second you took to put that gun lock on there could save your own child's life," Greensboro Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Educator April Robertson said. "Kids are mischievous. They're going. They're looking. They're exploring. Things need to be locked away and put up."

Parents at the Greensboro Children's Museum said they like to walk around inside a home before they let their children inside. If they notice something dangerous within reach, like a candle, they move it.

Rose Saltzman, a parent, always asks two critical questions, "What do you have in your house? Do you have any guns? Most of my family does not. But, my brother owns a gun. When we're there, he'll put it up high and put the ammunition in a different room."

Vicki Kline, another parent, regularly talks to her children about guns. "I tell them if they see a gun to stay far away and to not ever handle a gun," she said.

Some police and sheriff's offices will give you a free gun lock. You can also purchase one.

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