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How to Install Childproof Latches

Keep you children out of harm's way -- and keep unwanted cabinet snoopers away -- using childproof latches.


  • Step 1: Choose locks Choose locks that will work with the type of cabinet in your home. Wrap around style latches can be used for doors with handles, while interior latches can be used for cabinets without.
  • Step 2: Install slide lock Install a slide lock by squeezing the two ends of the lock to release and open the slide to make a gap.
  • Step 3: Place around handles Place the slide through or around the handles.
  • Step 4: Secure lock Secure the lock over the ends of the slide, squeeze the lock to position it, and release to slide the lock into place.
  • Step 5: Install frame catch Install the frame catch for interior door latches using a drill to make pilot holes for the screws.
  • TIP: The catch should be 1 inch away from the edge of where the door meets the frame to provide space for the latch.
  • Step 6: Test interior lock placement Test placement for interior locks by opening the cabinet door and holding an interior latch at the top corner. Close the door slowly to determine the best placement for the door latch. Mark the placement for the screw holes with a pencil.
  • TIP: The latching mechanism for interior door locks may have to be adjusted a few times to ensure the catch at the top of the frame meets the latch exactly.
  • Step 7: Drill and screw into place Drill pilot holes for the latch and screw into place. Test the latch to make sure you can't pull the door open without pushing the latch down. Adjust the latch if necessary. Relax, knowing that your child is now that much safer.
  • FACT: On January 1, 1978, Tennessee became the first U.S. state to implement a law requiring the use of child safety seats.

You Will Need

  • Childproof locks
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Pencil

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