Many firearm-related injuries, especially those suffered by children, can be prevented by safe, responsible storage of firearms. These precautions will also help to prevent access to firearms by unauthorized adults.
Store firearms and ammunition separately in locked containers. The containers should be placed out of the reach of children and out of the view of any unauthorized persons.
A second locking device, such as a properly installed trigger lock or action lock, will provide an extra measure of safety.
If a firearm is to be stored for a long period of time, consider field stripping the firearm. Most owners manuals provide instructions for field-stripping. Field-stripping should be in addition to other safety precautions.
If you keep a firearm and ammunition readily accessible for your protection, you should still secure them in some manner. There are many commercially available locking devices and containers which provide a reasonable amount of security while allowing quick access to firearms and ammunition.