How to Childproof Drawers

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As adorable infants grow into rambunctious toddlers, it commonly becomes necessary to take steps to safeguard these inquisitive cuties from accidental injury. Many parents elect to install draw locks to ensure that their curious tyke's quest to explore the contents of drawers doesn't result in injury. Installing a drawer lock is an effective way to ensure that your child doesn't get into trouble when your back is turned. Taking the time necessary to install these protective features is well worth it as doing so can help ensure your child's safety in the kitchen or bathroom.

Things You'll Need

  • Child drawer locks
  • Purchase child drawer locks. While some try to secure their drawers with ropes or other homemade systems, the only foolproof way to childproof a drawer is with an approved drawer locking system. Visit a hardware store and purchase childproof locks specifically for drawers. When selecting your locks, consider whether you want to drill into the wood and select locks accordingly, as some require drilling while others rely only on adhesive.

  • Install the locks, carefully following package instructions. Most drawer locks require the attachment of two parts, one to the face of the drawer and the other to the lip that lays down from the cabinet front. When installing your drawer locks, exercise extreme caution to ensure that you faithfully follow package instructions. If not properly installed, your drawer locks will not be effective in protecting your child.

  • Monitor the child to ensure that he doesn't learn how to operate the latches. Some children are undeterred by these locks. Don't assume that just because you have installed these locks you can leave your child unsupervised, but instead watch him to ensure that he does not figure them out. If he does manage to get around these locks, purchase a different locking system and replace your previous locks.

  • Replace latches as necessary. After repeated use your childproof latches may become worn. If breakage or excessive wear occurs, replace your locks with a fresh set to ensure that they continue to keep your child safe.

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