Safety First Cabinet Lock Removal: Tips and Tricks for Easy Removal

Key Takeaway

  • There are three common types of Safety First cabinet locks: magnetic, adhesive, and sliding, and each type requires a slightly different removal process. 
  • Magnetic locks can be removed using a strong magnet, adhesive locks require gentle lifting of a small tab, and sliding locks require unscrewing the latch.

Keeping children safe is a top priority for parents and guardians, and one of the ways to ensure their safety is by using Safety First cabinet locks to prevent them from accessing dangerous items such as cleaning supplies, sharp objects, and other hazardous materials. 

When my daughters were younger, I installed several of these locks to keep them safe. However, as they grew older, the locks became more of a hindrance than a help, especially when trying to access items quickly. 

That’s when I learned how to remove Safety First cabinet locks easily and damage-free. In this blog post, I’ll share my experience and some tips and tricks for Safety First cabinet lock removal.

How to Remove Safety First Cabinet Locks

The first step in removing your safety first cabinet locks is to identify the type of lock you have. There are three common types of safety first cabinet locks: magnetic, adhesive, and sliding. Each type of lock requires a slightly different removal process, so it’s important to know what you’re working with. 

The process of removing Safety First cabinet locks will depend on your type of lock. Below are the steps to remove each type of lock safely:

Magnetic Locks

Magnetic Locks

Magnetic locks are commonly installed on the inside of the cabinet door and the cabinet frame. They consist of two separate components: a magnet and a metal plate. The metal plate is fixed onto the inside of the cabinet door using screws or adhesive, while the magnet is placed on the outside of the door, opposite the metal plate. 

Here are the steps to follow to remove these locks:

Step 1: Take the magnetic key or a strong magnet.

The first step to removing a magnetic lock is to take the magnetic key that comes with the lock or a strong magnet. You can use any type of magnet, but a strong one will make the process easier and quicker. If you don’t have a magnet on hand, you can purchase one at a hardware store or online.

Step 2: Identify the location of the lock.

Next, you need to identify the location of the magnetic lock. The lock is typically installed on the inside of the cabinet door and the cabinet frame. Look for a small, rectangular box with a latch or release mechanism.

Step 3: Unlock the lock

Once you have identified the location of the lock, place the magnetic key or the magnet on the outside of the cabinet door in the same location as the lock. Make sure the magnet is directly aligned with the lock. 

Step 4: Remove the lock

With the lock released, you can now remove it from the cabinet. If the lock was attached with adhesive, use a hair dryer to heat up the adhesive for a few seconds. Then, use a plastic card or scraper to remove the adhesive residue gently. If the lock is fastened using screws, unscrew them to remove the lock.

Adhesive Locks

Adhesive Locks

Adhesive locks are great because they’re easy to install and remove. Here are the steps you can follow to remove an adhesive lock:

Step 1: Locate the small tab or latch.

You’ll first need to locate the small tab or latch that secures the adhesive lock to the cabinet. This tab or latch is typically found on the underside of the lock.

Step 2: Lift the tab or latch.

Once you’ve found the tab or latch, use your fingers or a small tool to lift it and release the lock. Be sure to do this gently to avoid damaging the cabinet or the lock itself.

Step 3: Remove the lock.

Once the tab or latch is released, you should be able to remove the adhesive lock from the cabinet. Simply pull the lock away from the cabinet and set it aside.

Step 4: Check for any remaining adhesive.

After removing the lock, you may notice some adhesive residue left behind on the cabinet. This is normal and can easily be removed using rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth.

Sliding Locks

Sliding Locks

Sliding locks are typically installed on the cabinet door and the cabinet frame. Here are the steps you can follow to remove a sliding lock:

Step 1: Identify the latch.

The first step is to identify the latch that’s holding the sliding lock in place.

Step 2: Unscrew the latch.

Using a screwdriver, unscrew the latch and release the lock. Be sure to keep track of the screws so that you can easily reattach the latch if needed.

Step 3: Remove the lock.

You can now remove the sliding lock from the cabinet with an unscrewed latch. Simply slide the lock out of the frame and set it aside.

Can You Reuse a Safety First Cabinet Lock Once Removed?

The answer to this question depends on the type of safety first cabinet lock you have and how it was removed.

For adhesive locks, it is generally not recommended to reuse them once they have been removed. The adhesive on the lock is designed to be used only once, and attempting to reuse it could compromise the strength and security of the lock.

Magnetic locks, on the other hand, can be reused once they have been removed. As long as the lock has not been damaged during the removal process, it should be just as effective as it was before.

For sliding locks, whether they can be reused or not will depend on the specific lock and the manner in which it was removed. If the lock was removed without damaging any of the components, it might be possible to reuse it. However, if any parts were bent, broken, or otherwise damaged during removal, it’s best to replace the lock entirely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. Are Safety First cabinet locks easy to remove?

Answer – Yes, Safety First cabinet locks are designed to be easy to install and remove. 

Q2. Do I need any special tools to remove a Safety First cabinet lock?

Answer – The tools you need to remove a Safety First cabinet lock will depend on your type of lock. You may need a screwdriver, pliers, or a strong magnet.


In conclusion, removing Safety First cabinet locks is a simple and straightforward process that can be done with the right tools and knowledge. Always make sure to identify the type of lock you have before attempting to remove it, and follow the steps outlined above to remove it safely. Remember to check your locks regularly for wear and tear to ensure they function correctly and keep your children safe.

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Hey! I am Mark. Though I am not a locksmith by profession, but locks have always fascinated me since my teens. And it all started when I got locked out of my house and I had to pick the lock. Since then it has become my hobby to learn more about different kinds of locks, understand their working and methods to pick them up. In due course of time, I have also become better aware of how installing the right lock goes a long way in ensuring iron clad security. I aim to share my passion (about locks) through this blog. If you are also passionate about picking locks or are just looking to beef up the security, hop on the ride.