How to Lock a Refrigerator Door

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How to Lock a Refrigerator Door
Locks on refrigerator doors protect small children from getting into them. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Refrigerator door locks are essential for child safety. Little kids are naturally curious and may try to open and close refrigerators to watch the light come on. However, an accident can occur if a child is closed in the refrigerator or consumes a product that makes them ill. Your local hardware store carries locks that can attach to the doors of side-opening refrigerators. Following a few installation steps can provide you with piece of mind that your child is safe.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adhesive-backed refrigerator lock
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels

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  1. 1

    Test that the two parts of the refrigerator lock fit together properly. Place the latch on the front door near the edge where the refrigerator door opens. Pull the lock bracket around the side of the refrigerator to meet the latch. Clasp the two pieces together. Plan on attaching your lock high enough that its out of the reach of children.

  2. 2

    Use a cleaning solution and paper towels to clean the door's surface and the side of the refrigerator where the latches will be installed.

  3. 3

    Remove the paper adhesive backing on the mounting bracket for the latch. Press it firmly into place on the refrigerator door. Hold the bracket down securely for four to five minutes to ensure the adhesive sets.

  4. 4

    Pull the latch around the side of the door and hold it up to the lock. Place the latch into the lock until it clicks.

  5. 5

    Pull the lock tightly around the side of the refrigerator. Most locking brackets have elastic to allow it to stretch for a tight fit. Peel off the paper adhesive backing on the lock and secure it to refrigerator's side. Hold it in place for four to five minutes to allow the adhesive to set.

  6. 6

    Release the locking bracket by pressing the centre button on the latch to open your refrigerator.

Tips and warnings

  • For refrigerator/freezer combinations that open from the centre out, or side-by-side refrigerators, use a bungee cord between the two door handles to keep children from pulling either side open. Or simply use a chain and padlock.
  • Not all locking mechanisms work the same. Follow manufacturer's instructions before attempting to install a lock on your refrigerator door.

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