We are all very aware of the need to lock our external doors to keep our homes safe, but what about the safety of the doors within our homes.
I have a young child at home who has recently made the big move into a bed of her own and as a result, I am very much aware of the need to protect her when roaming about our home. Previously I was safe in the knowledge that when my little girl was in her cot she was safe there and would not be able to get out. However this is no longer the case.
At first when we set up her new bed, she did not move from her bed from the moment we put her down to the moment she woke in the morning. However now we are a few weeks in to the new sleeping arrangement and she has learnt a new sense of freedom. This new found independence combined with her new skills in playing hide and seek means we have a real problem with her escaping from her room and wandering about upstairs.
We have installed a safety gate at the top of the stairs, which ensures she is safely kept upstairs. However she has the whole of the upstairs to explore. We have done the usual safety checks including protective plug sockets and moving dangerous objects out of reach, but there are some things that are really difficult to safety-proof. Last night we had a real problem with her opening the door to the airing cupboard and climbing inside to hide. Each time she did this she shouted "Coming, ready or not", so we knew she had opened the door and climbed in again.
We are now considering adding locks to a couple of the doors upstairs to avoid any risk of danger and my task for this week is to check out the internal door locks within the Doorsan collection to resolve this issue. Kershaws supply Thumb Turn and Release locks which are generally used as a bathroom lock system, it may be possible to use this high up on such as the airing cupboard with causing too much alteration to the finish of the existing door. This type of lock is very neat and does not require a key, the lock system has an indicator to show that the room is occupied, useful in a bathroom situation, and with children in mind can be opened from the outside if necessary.