Safety Latches and Locks

Safety latches and locks are devices used on cabinets and drawers to help prevent children from gaining access to medicines and household cleaners, as well as to knives, sharp objects, and other things they should not have access to. 

Look for safety latches and locks that: 

  • Adults can easily install and use 
  • Are sturdy enough to withstand pulls and tugs from children
It is important to remember that safety latches are not a guarantee of protection, but they can make it more difficult for children to reach dangerous substances. Even products with child-resistant packaging should be locked away, out of reach; this packaging is not childproof.

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