How to Child Proof Drawers

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How to Child Proof Drawers
Childproofing your drawers will keep your children safe. (Clothes in the chest of drawers image by Galaiko Sergey from

One of the biggest concerns for any parent is their child getting hurt in the home. Children can pull drawers out of dressers; they can slam their hands in drawers. Childproofing the drawers in your home is essential to keeping your child safe, and you can do it yourself.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Child safety locks
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

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  1. 1

    Buy a set of childproof locks from your local hardware store or baby store.

  2. 2

    Pull the drawer out of the dresser to gain access to the inside.

  3. 3

    Install the latch on the inside of the drawer. Go about half an inch down in the drawer and hold the latch on the surface. Use your screwdriver and the screw to secure the latch to the inside of the drawer's door.

  4. 4

    Install the lock on the underside of the dresser’s top panel. Use a screwdriver and a screw to install the lock on the underside of the dresser. Make sure that the latch and the lock line up together when the drawer is closed. When you close the drawer, the latch should make contact with the lock and lock in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use child safety locks that are installed with adhesive. Children can open the drawers very easily as they get stronger by tearing the adhesive backing from the top of the drawer.

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