For a parent there is not a thought in the world that is more terrifying than that of your child becoming seriously injured. Fortunately there are many commercially available products that will help us ensure that dangerous knives stay out of the hands of our little ones.
While marketing departments of various manufacturers will claim that their locks are “child proof,” we as parents know that the ambitious child may be able to disprove this claim. Careful consideration will have to be given when choosing which type of lock is right for your family.
One common type is the internal safety latch. When properly installed they allow the drawer to only be opened about an inch and then an adult can apply enough pressure to press down on the clip inside the drawer and allow it to open. While this is often effective for small children it can occasionally be opened by the older child.
Another common safety measure is the magnet key lock. You must place a provided magnet on the proper place outside the door to release the interior latch. This is a nice choice that remains completely hidden when the drawer is shut and also prevents pinched fingers. One drawback is the necessity to always know the location of the magnet if you want your drawer to open.
For the parent of the serious safe-cracker there may be no other choice than to install a traditional key lock. While it is the most unsightly option it will certainly provide the most security. Remember the old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.