Gun owners can receive training in how to use lock boxes and trigger locks, as well as receive the safety devices free, at an event Saturday in Fife.
The event – to teach people how to safely store guns kept at home – will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at at Sportco, 4602 20th St. E. Lock boxes and trigger guards will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to people 18 and over.
In Washington state, guns kill about 19 children and hospitalize about 30 more every year, Multicare spokeswoman Marce Edwards said. Some of the deaths and injuries happen when children have access guns kept in the home, she said.
Gun access also has been linked to teenage suicides and violence in schools, Edwards said.
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“Nearly 40 percent of American homes with children contain a gun,” said Erin Summa, child safety educator in the Center for Childhood Safety, at the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center.
Mary Bridge, Seattle Children’s Hospital, the University of Washington’s Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Safe Kids Pierce County, LOK-IT-UP and Sportco are sponsoring the event.