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Home Lockout Prevention

Home Lockout Prevention

Getting locked out of your home can be frustrating, annoying, and sometimes a little scary. Here are some tips to help you prevent getting locked out again.

It is no fun getting locked out of your house, but it does happen and usually serves as a reminder that life, in all its glory, sometimes smacks us square in the face. Leaving your keys somewhere or just not knowing where you last left them is not the end of the world, despite the panic that often sets in as a result. Ideally, you should know where your house keys are all the time, but for those times when you do not, we have some helpful, realistic tips that will help you handle the situation with grace, humility, and ultimately, the ability to get back into your home.

How to Prevent a Home Lockout

It is always best to have a plan in mind before a crisis hits.  And because forgetting, misplacing, or losing keys happens every so often, it is to your advantage to put a preemptive plan in place before you actually need one. Here are some suggested ways to prevent getting locked out of the house.

prevent getting locked outAre your keys in good shape?  We all get busy and think that we will take care of things like updating or replacing bent keys at some point “later.”  But “later” often does not come until we are in crisis mode wondering why we did not take care of it before. Always check the status of your keys (read: whether they are bent or breaking) to make sure that their grooves are in the right places and that the key’s bow (that is where you grip the key to turn it) is smooth and lays evenly.  Take notice too, of even the slightest dents and twists in your keys. The cost of replacing a key is nominal, especially when you consider how much it costs to replace a key, a lock, have a locksmith visit your home, and end up locked out indefinitely because the key that had not yet snapped, decided to break in two, in the lock, today.

Consider using a keyless lock. These types of locks, by definition, do not require keys to open them and remove even the slightest possibility of getting locked out. This kind of lock removes the risks that come with losing your keys, being locked out because you can not find them, and requires only that you remember the code that opens it.  The one thing to be careful about with keyless locks is that you do not give too many people the code unless you want to end up with a whole lot of unwanted visitors.

Spare key- If you do not already have a spare key, now is a good time to get one.  Whether you carry it in your purse, leave it at your neighbor’s house, or put it in a lockbox that is attached to your home, you need to have one.  Remember not to leave a spare key under a doormat or rock because even the least experienced burglar knows to look there. A lockbox, however, is a metal container that is specifically designed to hold keys that can only be accessed by entering a push button code.  The box is secured to a gate or door, making access to the key available only to those who have the code.

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What To Do if You Get Locked Out of Your Home

What are your available options when you have already been locked out and cannot think of how you are going to get back into your house? Read on.

  • Maybe you remember where you left your keys and maybe you are reasonably sure that you are going to live outside from here on. That last part will most definitely not occur and one of the ways to prevent it from happening is to remain as calm as humanly possible.  Problems do not get solved as the result of panic, so thinking that the more you freak out the closer you are to getting inside is pretty backward logic.  One of the ways to help alleviate this stress however, is by following the tips above before you end up locked out.

  • While not an ideal situation, now would be a good time to check the perimeter of your home to see if anyone left a door or window open.  If so, make sure to reprimand them later on. For right now, however, you may have just been granted an opportunity to scoot your way through whatever door or window was left open.  If this is the route you ultimately end up taking to get back in though, make sure to check the rest of your house in order to determine that no one else found the same route in.

  • If all else fails and you are just shy of calling your most qualified locksmiths for help, you can try, provided there are no deadbolts on the door, using a credit card or other similarly shaped hard plastic piece to, basically, jimmy your way in. There a few things to keep in mind if you end up using this method though. Number one, make sure you order a replacement credit card since chances are pretty high that you just damaged yours. And as for number two, make sure you get your locks replaced immediately with something far more sturdy than what you had in place.  

Call for an expert locksmith any time of the day or night to help you get in, keep the bad guys out, and make sure you are always safe.

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