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Childproofing cupboards, sockets etc

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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
It's time we started childproofing all our cupboards atc as our little one will be on the move soon and he's already opening doors when in his walker, what make of these can people who've done this in the past recommend?

I've had a look on a few sites but some get mixed reviews, i just want ones that will be asy to fit and wil do exactly what they are supposed to do
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
My outlawaws use string on the cupboards. The only thing ive used is the plastic plug covers. You can get these from the pound shop. Ive also seen packs of all sorts off catches in there, and the 99p stores.

The cupboard ones look a bit complicated to me so havnt ever used them.
#2
We bought a Tesco safety kit that had all kinds of things in it including cupboard bits and plug covers - never had any problems with them.
#3
Screw all the cupboards shut and plaster over all the sockets :thumbsup:
#4
Don't waste your money on plug covers - they cause more danger.
banned#5
As regard power sockets

the best way is to get them used to ac power, start at a low voltage when they are born and work up to 220v ac, by the time they are toddlers, they are immune.
#6
jubbyme
As regard power sockets

the best way is to get them used to ac power, start at a low voltage when they are born and work up to 220v ac, by the time they are toddlers, they are immune.


Very true and you can also plug any portable devices into their ears for instant recharging/use :thumbsup:
#7
We used plug covers, and a guard for the cooker hob (stops 'em pulling hot pans off the hob & on top of themselves).
#8
cis_groupie
We used plug covers, and a guard for the cooker hob (stops 'em pulling hot pans off the hob & on top of themselves).


Plug covers are dangerous!
banned#9
basically, plug covers dont make sense, uk sockets already have that gate system so needs an object in the earth to allow anything in the live

I can see plug covers making it more likely to be messed about with, it is something to pull out and such
#10
bought a home safety kit ... well havent used it she is now 13 months, she tries to open cupboards but say NO she stops. do have stairgates on but thats all. If they are taught they will know right from wrong :)
banned#11
tashag1981
bought a home safety kit ... well havent used it she is now 13 months, she tries to open cupboards but say NO she stops. do have stairgates on but thats all. If they are taught they will know right from wrong :)



I dont remember myself dying as a kid, we had electricity back then too!

stairgates make sense though!
#12
I've seen these things used to great effect: http://images.esellerpro.com/2149/I/55/sm2-clippasafe-STANDARD-CUPBOARD-LOCK-71.gif
#13
flyingflea
I've seen these things used to great effect: http://images.esellerpro.com/2149/I/55/sm2-clippasafe-STANDARD-CUPBOARD-LOCK-71.gif


Agreed. We use these (Lindham) on drawers and sideboard cupboards.
Also use stair gates and a fire guard.

Don't bother with anything which is held in place with any form of adhesive ... they do NOT last. The Lindham "corner cushions" for example were a waste of time. My 10m year old had them off in minutes.

We also use a couple of plug covers ... certainly not dangerous IMO. I can barely get them out, let alone a littlun!! Plus he's shown NO interest in touching them.

His latest interest is trying to use dining chairs as a walker :-)
#14
We bought all this crap, waste of time. They serve no purpose as the kid shouldn't be in the kitchen on their own and all they do is annoy you trying to get into them. I quickly removed them. Easier to simply stairgate everything, we had one on the bottom and top of stairs and one on the kitchen door.
[helper]#15
We used the drawer and cupboard clips similar to flyingflea. You can get ones which can be twisted so the catches don't lock all the time. However the drawer ones are a real pain.

They are worth getting but minimise how many you use by moving breakable and dangerous items to higher cupboards (especially cleaning chemicals). Our kids used to have lots of fun pulling out the pots and pans but it kept them entertained and they couldn't break them!
#16
TUSSFC
Agreed. We use these (Lindham) on drawers and sideboard cupboards.
Also use stair gates and a fire guard.

Don't bother with anything which is held in place with any form of adhesive ... they do NOT last. The Lindham "corner cushions" for example were a waste of time. My 10m year old had them off in minutes.

We also use a couple of plug covers ... certainly not dangerous IMO. I can barely get them out, let alone a littlun!! Plus he's shown NO interest in touching them.

His latest interest is trying to use dining chairs as a walker :-)


UK plugs British Standard (BS 1363) means that they are a waste of time, you need to plug an earthing plug into the earth socket to open the gates. MK plugs require all 3 male plugs to be inserted at the same time or no gates open! Have a look at your mains sockets and you will see why they are safe without plug covers. At best it is a total waste of time and money, at worse they are dangerous. Why? You are providing a means of opening the gates.
#17
I agree that plug covers are unnecessary, danger-wise, however we used them because it prevented our little ones from copying Mummy & Daddy by putting things in to the sockets. Chances that they would have hurt themselves were slim to non-existent, but at least we stopped them from trying to play with electricity.
#18
cis_groupie
I agree that plug covers are unnecessary, danger-wise, however we used them because it prevented our little ones from copying Mummy & Daddy by putting things in to the sockets. Chances that they would have hurt themselves were slim to non-existent, but at least we stopped them from trying to play with electricity.


It is already prevented thanks to BS 1363 - all plug covers do is introduce an additional risk; provision of a tool to open the shutters.
#19
pghstochaj;7877702
It is already prevented thanks to BS 1363 - all plug covers do is introduce an additional risk; provision of a tool to open the shutters.


How do they introduce an additional risk? They ones we have are almost impossible to get out.

The child can also get around the gate if they happen to get a bunch of keys and start sticking them in the socket while pretending to drive a car. That may sound far fetched, but my sister did it when she was little and the resulting shock encouraged her not to do it again.
#20
suchafunkymonkey
How do they introduce an additional risk? They ones we have are almost impossible to get out.

The child can also get around the gate if they happen to get a bunch of keys and start sticking them in the socket while pretending to drive a car. That may sound far fetched, but my sister did it when she was little and the resulting shock encouraged her not to do it again.


Have a look on fatallyflawed (check on google) for a engineering view of the problems that they can cause. They introduce an additional risk because they provide a means for opening the shutters (if inserted upside down) and they keep the shutters open so a paper clip etc. forced underneath can cause a shock. To open the shutters with a general item is not easy.
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