When I was a kid, there were public service messages on TV about preventing kids from playing in or around refrigerators. Some of the little urchins liked to climb inside where they could suffocate.
That came to mind when we heard the news of a 5-year-old Maryland kid who’d gotten himself trapped inside a gun safe.
A mother called 911 at 12:08 p.m. to report that her child had somehow gotten into the safe and was locked inside. A fire department crew arrived eight minutes later, spokesman Brad Tanner said.
Firefighters immediately started reassuring the child and drilling holes in the safe in case there was no air inside.
It’s hard to figure how this happened without someone — another kid — locking the door once the kid was inside. Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.
The child spent at least 40 minutes inside the safe and was freed by 12:46 p.m. There were no guns inside.
The child was scared but was released to their parents “in good spirits.” Officials declined to say whether it was a boy or a girl who was trapped.
Whether there are guns in your safe or not, keeping your safe locked is the safe thing to do.