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Keeping Kids Safe is a Community Effort

Community leaders, parents, teachers, police chiefs, doctors, and nurses have come together across the nation to be a part of the Be SMART message. If you are a leader in your community, your voice can make a difference–and help to save lives. Below are some inspiring examples of how different leaders have taken the lead on promoting secure gun storage.

To find out how to bring Be SMART to your community, contact us today.

Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals are all too aware about the dangers that unsecured firearms pose to children and the community. Major hospitals, healthcare systems, and national organizations like Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have played an important role in helping to share the Be SMART message. Here are just a few examples of how the medical community has helped to raise awareness about Be SMART and the importance of secure gun storage:

  • The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has committed to distributing co-branded Be SMART materials to all of the pediatricians across the state for use in their offices.
  • In Oregon, Randall’s Children Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland and Mosaic Medical in Bend put Be SMART posters in their exam rooms and distributed Be SMART cards.
  • In Illinois, Vernon Hills and Buffalo Grove volunteers presented to 19 pediatric practices across the Chicagoland area that fall under the PediaTrust practice organization. Information about the presentation can be viewed on their facebook page.
  • Texas Children’s Pediatrics, which has over 50 locations throughout the greater Houston area, included the Be SMART message on the visit summary that all patients receive after an appointment.
  • In New York, The GetWell Network Clinics (which are part of Children’s Hospital at Montefiore) has used our video to get the message out to patients about secure storage.
  • Erie County Department of Health has co-branded Be SMART posters and worked to distribute them in public spaces including libraries.

Law Enforcement

Law enforcement officers and agencies are helping to talk to communities about secure gun storage. Be SMART has partnered with law enforcement across the country in an effort to help raise awareness around gun safety. Police officers care about the safety of their community, and they have taken powerful measures to show their commitment to secure gun storage. Some examples include:

Other law enforcement agencies that are helping to share the Be SMART message include: 

Tampa Police Department, Florida

Saint Charles Police Department, Illinois 

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

Ewing Police Department, New Jersey 

Hoboken Police Department, New Jersey 

Montclair (Essex County) Police Department, New Jersey 

West Windsor Police Department, New Jersey

Kent Police Department, Ohio 

City of Lakewood Police Department, Ohio

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Town of Gaston Police Department, South Carolina 

City of Sumter Police Department, South Carolina 

Town of Swansea Police Department, South Carolina

Cedar Hill Police Department, Texas 


Secure gun storage is a school safety issue. That’s why school boards, school districts, and others in the education community have become vital partners in promoting the importance of secure gun storage. Learn more about the important work going on in schools to raise awareness about secure storage.

To schedule a Be SMART presentation in your school, text SMART to 64433.

Be SMART Handouts

Download Be SMART handouts about secure storage practices and types of secure storage. All handouts are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.

Asking About Secure Gun Storage

Secure Storage Toolkit

Secure Storage Practices to Reduce Gun Violence

About Be SMART

Guide to Secure Gun Storage Devices

Facts and Resources on Child Firearm Suicide

Talking to Your Children About Guns

Keeping Your Home Safe with Secure Storage

Protecting LGBTQ+ Youth from Firearm Suicide


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