Now that you know why to lock the cabinet, here’s some information on how to do it.
There are many different types of locks available – you’ll want a secure lock to keep your medications out of children’s and teens’ reach, but your cabinet contents need to be easily accessible to treat immediate injuries.
Childproof Caps Aren’t Enough
Childproof caps on medications can be easy for some older children (not to mention teenagers) to open, and are not 100% effective – especially if you’re in a hurry and forget to tighten the cap all the way. It’s best to install a new medicine cabinet that locks, add a secure padlock or combination lock to your existing cabinet, or purchase a smaller medication lock box that fits inside your medicine cabinet.
Which Type of Lock Is Best?
There are several different types of locks available – some come with the cabinet and others you install yourself. Most locks are effective and secure, so your choice will likely be based on cost and ease of installation. Also remember that you need to be able to comfortably and quickly open the medicine cabinet in case of emergency.
A smaller medication lock box that fits in your medicine cabinet might be the most efficient option for you. These boxes typically open with a combination, and can be purchased online for about $20. This way you can keep your medications locked up while allowing other family members access to the rest of the medicine cabinet, which could be helpful in emergencies.