Installing Child Safety Locks In Your Home
Both closed doorways and closed cabinets are items of curiosity for a child. Even doors that seem safe can pose a hazard to children who might open them and fall down
Even doors that seem safe can pose a hazard to children who might open them and fall down stairs, for example. Doors can lead outdoors and cabinets can hide chemicals or poisons that are lethal or harmful if taken in. You need to install child safety locks and watch your child at all times when you are in the house.
There are lots of inexpensive and workable door and cabinet safety locks so that you can get into these places but baby cannot. There are two different types of child locks: One of them works on the handles and the other one works like a catch on the inside of the door to keep baby out.
Cabinet Door Child Locks with Rings
These are door locks that work for knobs or handles they consist of a U-shaped plastic, ridged item that loops around the handle and a plastic lock that hooks the U-shaped part around the opposite handle or door. You need to push two buttons in order to open the lock but they can easily be done with one hand. The plastic is very durable on these items so the baby cannot just pull on the handle and undo the latch.
If a cabinet has a set of knobs, a similar device is used but it is put on more snuggly so that it doesn’t slip off the knob. Like the other type of latches, it takes two buttons to push in order to unlock the latch and babies tend not to be able to get into them very easily. Nothing, however, is foolproof.
Catch Locks for Cabinet Doors
These are devices that allow a small amount of opening of the cabinet drawer but do not allow for it to be opened more than an inch or so without pushing a button or squeezing the latch on the inside of the cabinet. This type of child safety lock takes a little bit of time and effort to put in and need a screwdriver and a pencil to install, but they don’t show on the outside and are easy to use once installed. There are two pieces that latch together once the cabinet door is closed and you need to squeeze the latch in order to get through to the stuff inside.
An electric drill is handy when you have these kinds of latches so you don’t damage the door. Use the screwdriver head in order to screw in the two pieces of the latch. One part attaches to the inside of the cabinet and the other part attaches to the door. Use a pencil to mark where the screws should go so the two halves match up perfectly with one another.
You must line up the latch with the catch and it should be that the door naturally latches when closed. Mark the catch
with the pencil and screw it in so that the door catches the latch whenever it is closed. It can be annoying to put in but once you get it right, go ahead and make good use of it.
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