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Home alone: Parents more confident tweens will avoid fire, storms than guns

ANN ARBOR, Mich - Parents are more confident their pre-teen child would know what to do if there were a house fire or tornado than whether the child would avoid playing with guns if home alone, a new national poll says.

Four out of five parents of kids age 9 to 12 say they are very confident their child would appropriately handle an emergency like a storm (82 percent), or a fire (78 percent). Sixty-four percent of parents are confident their child would know when to call 911.

However, fewer parents (53 percent) are very confident their tween would not play with guns when adults weren't home, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.


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