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Install Child Safety Latches

Child Safety Latches

Use safety latches to keep household chemicals, cleaning supplies and other hazards out of the reach of small children.

Tools & Materials

Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.

Install Your Child Safety Latches

Step 1
Position the Latch

To position a latch, hold it against the inside face of a cabinet door near the edge opposite the hinge. Raise and lower the latch until the middle of the rounded tip touches the edge of the cabinet frame. Without shifting the latch, open the door and use a pencil to trace the oval shape of the two mounting holes.

Step 2

Use a scratch awl to start holes at the centers of the two penciled ovals. Then drill two pilot holes.

To stop yourself before breaking through the other cabinet face as you drill, flag the bit with a piece of tape and stop drilling just before the tape touches the surface.

Step 3
Install the Latch

Screw the latch to the cabinet door and test the position of the latch by opening and closing the door. Raise or lower it until the latch catches as the door opens but doesn’t keep the door from closing.

An optional accessory that comes with the latch shown is a cabinet frame-mounted catch that absorbs the wear and tear from latches as doors are opened and closed.

Project Information

  • Skill Level: Beginner

*Time and Cost are estimated.

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