The Twelve Commandments of Firearm Safety
Safety commandments are important rules that must be followed at all times to prevent firearm accidents from occurring.
The first four commandments are known as “The Vital Four ACTS” of firearm handling.
1. Assume every firearm is loaded.
2. Control the muzzle direction at all times.
3. Trigger finger must be off the trigger and out of the trigger guard.
4. See that the firearm is unloaded - PROVE it safe.
5. Be sure of your target and beyond.
6. Never shoot a rifle at water or a hard, flat surface.
7. Only point a firearm at things you want to shoot.
8. Never climb a tree or cross a fence with a loaded firearm.
9. Store firearms and ammunition separately.
10. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of all obstructions.
11. Unload firearms when not in use.
12. Avoid drugs and alcoholic beverages.
NOTICE: Please be aware that some of the images you see throughout the Saskatchewan Hunter Safety Course DO NOT reflect the legal hunting apparel requirements for all hunting scenarios. Chapter 6: Hunting Safety will cover the legal apparel requirements for Big Game Hunting in Saskatchewan. It is always the hunter’s responsibility to consult Saskatchewan’s annual Hunters’ and Trappers’ Guide to be aware of current hunting regulations before heading into the field.