Asking one tough question before your child goes on their next play date could save their life. 

A local doctor is trying to get the message out after two kids in St. Louis County were accidentally shot by their siblings in less than a week. 

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Washington University professor and ER Doctor Bo Kennedy recommends doctors bring it up gun safety during a kid's wellness check when other household safety measures are discussed. 

The Washington University study he participated in shows out of nearly 1,300 parents from Missouri and Illinois, nearly 40% had guns in their homes. The study also shows less than 13 percent of these parents asked the parents of their kids' friends about household firearms. 

Dr. Kennedy highly recommends that parents discuss gun safety with each other. 

You can learn more about the study by clicking here.