If you’ve been around any toddlers/preschoolers lately, you’re probably aware that some of them think it’s fun and/or challenging to try to escape their house or yard. And while they think it’s fun, it’s not fun for the parents or grandparents. In fact, it can be downright terrifying if the child is successful.
Yes, we have dealt with this recently. Our 3-1/2 year old granddaughter made two getaway attempts. Both attempts were made by leaving through the screened porch door. The first time the door wasn’t locked. So in a split second, she opened the door and took off. The second time the screen door was locked. She very cleverly moved a small table over to the door, stood on the table, and reached up and pushed up the hook part of the hook and eye lock. And she was off!
So in an effort to prevent future escape attempts, we made an emergency trip to the hardware store to check out our options. There weren’t many. There were a lot of options for regular exterior doors but not many for the type of door we have – a screened porch door. We really wanted a deadbolt that could be opened with a key from either side but none of those would fit. The screened door wasn’t thick enough to handle the hardware. We finally decided on another hook and eye – but with an extra feature that would be impenetrable for a small child – at least for a while. We got the hook and eye lock at Home Depot for $3. If you want to order on-line, Amazon has them for $7.
We installed the new lock ASAP and so far she can’t open it. We’re hoping that by the time she figures it out or has the strength and coordination to operate it that we’ll have come up with another even more secure solution.
Have your kids or grandkids ever escaped? What steps have you taken to keep them in?