Child safety concerns seem to be the last thing on a parent’s mind when their child is small and immobile. However, it doesn’t take long for that precious little infant to begin crawling and moving around and with this new found mobility comes exploration and curiosity. Motoring babies are notoriously able to access interesting and mysterious places you may not have even considered a potential hazard – and cabinets containing dangerous materials seem to be the first place they discover.
Safe Kids Worldwide released a report on the prevalence of child injury and death related to home incidents. According to their findings, approximately 2200 of these deaths occur each year and of those 2200, 51 deaths are poison related. Three out of ten parents keep dangerous substances on low shelves or unlocked cabinets and each year poison centers across the country receive over 1 million calls about a child under the age of 5.
What are the dangers?
Apart from poisons, there are many dangers that are commonly kept in low, easy-to-reach cabinets and drawers, including medications, sharp objects, cleaners, glassware and guns. Access to any of these items could potentially cause serious injury or death.
Cabinets and drawers also pose climbing hazards, putting your child at risk of falls that could lead to bumps, bruises, breaks or other short/long term injuries.
It’s important to note that while these locks may provide extra safety, no device is completely childproof, if your little one is determined enough, they may disable them. Surely we don’t have to tell you that strict supervision is vital, but it’s even more necessary around cabinets and potentially harmful items.
Properly locking your cabinets is a quick and easy way to keep your little ones out of harm’s way. There are many child safety latches and locks on the market to choose from, we’ve provided a list of some common ones down below.
Picking the proper latch
- Magnetic Cabinet Locks – These locks are easy to install, require no drilling and are invisible from the outside. They include a key that can be stored out of reach and is required to open the lock making it more difficult for little ones to disable them.
- Strap Locks – These locks are universal and can be attached to cabinets, drawers, toilets, appliances and doors. They are easy for adults to open and require only one hand to slide the lock for access yet difficult for infants and toddlers. They are also easy to install with no use of tools.
- Cabinet and Drawer Latches – Installed on the inside of drawers and cabinets, these locks are easy to engage and simple to install. Again, easy for adults to release and access yet difficult for children.
- Cabinet Slide Lock – These are U-shaped slide locks that attach to cabinet handles and knobs. The installation is easy and require no drilling or tools. Opening requires squeezing the latch and pulling the lock free – easy for adults, hard for children.
Child safety is a growing concern and taking precautions to protect your child can be quick and simple. It can be difficult once they’re on the move, but try to stay one step ahead of your child and ensure their safety by installing locks on cabinets that may contain hazardous and potentially deadly materials. For more tips and child safety information, keep up with our future blog posts and follow us on Instagram (@peacefulparents_).