This week's recall of about 900,000 Safety 1st Push 'N Snap Cabinet Locks from Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. highlights the importance of having a layers of protection plan to keep your kids safe.
Using a layers of protection approach to child safety means using more than type of child safety technique, barrier, or warning, as a protection against a specific hazard. That way, if one protective layer breaks down, then one of the other layers of protection will still be in place to keep your kids safe.
This is especially timely to consider as National Poison Prevention Week ends today. Instead of simply putting poisons, household cleaning products, and insecticides, etc., in a cabinet with a cabinet lock, also choose a cabinet that is up high and out of reach in case the cabinet lock fails.
These Safety 1st cabinet locks were recalled because "young children can disengage the cabinet locks, allowing access to cabinet contents and posing the risk of injury, due to dangerous or unsafe items." There have been at least 200 reports of cabinet locks that did not work well, including at least 140 incidents in which young children disengaged the locks and "gained access swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner or oven cleaner, and were treated, observed and released from emergency treatment centers."
The recalled Safety 1st cabinet locks were made in China and sold nationwide for between $2 and $4 between January 2004 and February 2012. The recall includes model numbers 48391 and 48442.
If you have one of the recalled cabinet locks, contact the Dorel Juvenile Group for a replacement lock and be sure to secure any hazardous substances out of reach of your children using another safety method.