Install Safety Toilet Locks

Different types of toilet locks, how to install them, and how to use them.

A child's safety is a parent's primary concern. When preparing for the mobility of your child, you must think of every possible danger and take steps to decrease or eliminate that risk. This includes using many different types of locks on different items to protect your child. These locks can be an inconvenience, but no inconvenience is too great when it comes to the safety of your child. One of the most overlooked items that is important is a toilet lock.

Kidco makes one type of toilet lock. This lock is very easy to install. The seat of the toilet must first be removed. Then, the base of the lock is placed where the seat bolts go and the seat is bolted on over the lock. The lock is then securely in place. An arm extends from the base over the top of the lid so that the lid can not be lifted. The arm must be pushed back against the toilet tank in order for the lid to be lifted. It will then spring back into place when the lid is lowered again. This type of lock is not ideal for older children, but will work great for infants and younger toddlers.

Lid-Lok makes yet another type of toilet lock. This lock is even easier yet to install. This lock merely clips onto the rim of the toilet and then the latch snaps into place holding the seat tightly down to the toilet bowl. The Lid-Lok is very simple for an adult or older child to open one-handed. One must simply squeeze the latch and pull it away from the toilet seat to unlatch it. The need to do two things at once makes it impossible for smaller children and infants to open it.

Safety First makes a toilet lock very similar to the Lid-Lok. Their toilet lock also clamps to the toilet bowl. Then the upper jaws clamp down over the lid holding the lid down. This lock can also be easily removed by an adult without scratching the bowl.

Another option is to utilize an all purpose safety latch on the toilet as well. These latches can also serve to lock cabinets, refrigerators, and other possibly dangerous items. The latch attaches to one part of the surface with adhesive (the toilet bowl for instance) while the strap attaches to the other part with adhesive (i.e. the toilet lid). The strap is then attached to the latch and to release it, you simply unclip the strap from the latch.

Keeping your toilet locked serves several purposes at the same time. Most importantly, it keeps your child safe. A child can easily fall into a toilet and drown. It is also more sanitary for the child to not play in the toilet. Another benefit to keeping a toilet lock in place is to keep your child from throwing other items into the toilet such as toys and valuables. Flushing such items can cause sewer problems or the toilet to become clogged.

Child safety is one of the most important jobs that a parent has. A parent must do everything that they can think of to protect their child. Keeping things such as toilet lids locked will help prevent a very bad accident from taking place.

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