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Old 12-16-2007, 11:25 AM
Location: SW Virginia :)
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We're going to be moving soon to a house with a side-by-side fridge/freezer with an ice/water dispenser. How does one childproof an ice/water dispenser? Do they come with some kind of a standard locking mechanism? It's a Whirlpool brand, but I don't know the model number...

Also, is there a way to childproof a dishwasher? I'm concerned that he may either open the door and empty (or fill...) it OR that he might turn it on.

Me little one is 26 months old and very clever.

Any advice would be appreciated!

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Old 12-16-2007, 11:29 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Yes, go to Lowes and.or Home Depot, they have kits that lock up everything imaginable in your home, and yes they have locks for side by side frigs, I had one when my child was young, they have them for toielts, stone or brick fireplaces (rubber bumpers) and so much more...I would buy the kit and use them all, they have drawers stoppers too....I can't remember if there is one for a dishwasher but if there was one, it would be at one of the larger home stores I mentioned and if not, they would know where to get one!
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:24 PM
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You can lock the water/ice dispenser when it isn't in use. That is definitely tempting to kids. In terms of the dishwasher, you can close the latch when it isn't in use. You can also purchase a multi-purpose appliance latch for the dishwasher, fridge, or any other appliance. You can find these at a hardware store or Babies R Us.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:25 PM
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I hope you can find the ice maker lock. When my son was a toddler he would push the water button and drench himself every chance he got. Luckily we found a supersized baby gate to fit the larger then normal entrance to the kitchen.
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Old 12-16-2007, 03:54 PM
Location: NJ
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If all else fails.. shut off the water line to the fridge. No water, no ice, no mess.
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