Getting locked out of your house is not only inconvenient, but it can also be dangerous. If you have small children with you or the weather is particularly cold, then getting inside the house becomes an immediate priority. In this moment being locked out of your home can seem overwhelming and it can be hard to know just what to do. But before you take a rock to a window, here are a few basic steps that you can take to help get you back into your home.
Find Somewhere Warm
Before you start working on a plan to get back into your home, make sure that you are somewhere safe. If you know any of your neighbours, now is the time to rely on their hospitality. As long as someone is at home, they will let you in and you will have a warm, safe place to stay. If you don’t know your neighbours, you could try your luck, but only if you are comfortable doing so. If not, go to your nearest public café or store. There might be a policy that you have to purchase something to stay there. If this is the case, either grab a yummy snack and try to make the best of the situation, or order a bottle of water and settle in.
Ask For Help
Chances are, someone else has a spare key to your home. If you have a partner or roommate, then they will have a key with them. If you live alone, you will probably have given a spare key to a family member of friend. If you are reading this article now from the safety and comfort of your home, but realize that you haven’t given a spare key to anyone else, be sure to put this action at the top of your to-do list.
Once you remember who can help you, contact them. A cell phone is the most convenient. If, however, you don’t have your cell phone with you, don’t panic as there are other options. If you have sought shelter with your neighbour, ask to use their phone. Same if you are at a coffee shop or store. The biggest dilemma that you may be facing is that you can’t remember the actual phone number of the person you’re trying to contact. If this is the case, then think about where they work. It should be fairly easy to do a quick online search to find their place of business. Then, simply ask for that person by name and you will be directed to them.
As for those that rent their place, your landlord or rental company will be able to let you in. Again, the biggest issue may be that you don’t have their number. For apartment buildings, there should be a visible sign with the rental company’s contact information. For landlords, you may have to wait until they come home to let you in.
Check For Weak Points of Entry
There just may be a window that has been kept unlocked. While not ideal for safety reasons, an obscure back window that is open just may help you out. The same goes with any back or side doors. Do a thorough check around the house to see if there are any ways to get inside. You’d be surprised at just how often there is a second way into the house.
Call A Professional
While there are a few lock breaking techniques that could be used, most people will lack both the necessary supplies and skills to successfully attempt anything. Instead of waiting precious time trying to be the next Macgyver, call a professional locksmith. They will be able to help you without creating too much damage to your house. Locksmiths will arrive promptly, knowing that time is of the essence. Don’t feel embarrassed; they only want the best for you.