Teach children proper gun safety

As hunting season approaches, it is time to refresh your memory about gun safety. It also is important to teach children how to respect and safely handle a firearm.

The truth about guns is that even if we don’t have guns in our home, chances are children will be exposed to guns in other homes and settings. Most gun accidents occur in someone’s home. If you own guns, make sure they are secure, unloaded and out of sight/reach of children.

If you don’t own guns, teach your children how to be safe around them.


  • What would you do if you found a gun or encountered an unsecured gun when visiting another home? Don’t touch the gun; leave the area; tell an adult where the gun is.
  • How are guns used in TV shows, movies and video games? Can you name examples of when guns were used safely? Can you name unsafe examples?
  • What are our family’s rules about guns?


  • Are guns stored unloaded and locked in a secure case, cabinet or closet?
  • Do kids know that only adults can take guns from the


  • Do you have trigger or cable locks?
  • Keep keys or lock combinations away from children in a secure place.
  • Store ammunition in a separate locked container.
  • Satisfy natural child curiosity about guns in a manner that you control. As a family, enroll in an instructional gun safety and handling course through recognized organizations like 4-H Shooting Sports or the National Rifle Association.
  • Plan ahead and have a safe hunting season.

Source: WVU Extension Service Family Health Handout: Gun Safety

Winter Tree



Being able to identify a tree is a balance between art and science. A workshop has been planned to help you sharpen your skills of tree identification.

Come out Nov. 19 to an evening of exploring the trees and shrubs of West Virginia. This indoor seminar will give participants hands-on experience in identifying trees by bark, twig, and bud attributes.

The group will learn how to use “keys” along with twig and branch specimens to determine woodland tree species without leaves. Magnifying lenses and written materials will be provided at the workshop.

Registration is free. No experience is necessary! Bring a friend and everyone is welcome.

The instructor for the evening will be Dr. Dave McGill, WVU Extension Specialist, Forest Resources.

To RSVP or for directions, please contact Ronnie Helmondollar at the Randolph County Extension Office at 304-636-2455; e-mail Ronnie.Helmondollar@