There is not a single scenario in which getting locked out of your home is in any way remotely fun. If anything, it’s a source of frustration and stress.
However, know that lockouts are more common than you think. They happen to the best of us. Your hands are not entirely tied, though, and taking few preventive steps can go a long way when it comes to avoiding a home lockout. So let’s dive right in:
Get Duplicate Keys
One of the easiest ways to prepare for the eventuality of being locked out of your home is to have a couple of spare keys. Still, you would be surprised by how many people underestimate the value of duplicate keys.
In addition to your family members, consider giving a spare key to a neighbour you fully trust or a relative who lives nearby. Another suggestion would be to keep a duplicate in a safe place at your office.
This will help save a lot of time and frustration in case you do get locked out, as you won’t have to ask for professional assistance.
These days, you can get spare keys at many hardware stores. Better yet, you can always resort to professional locksmithing key-cutting services.
Make Maintenance on the Locks a Priority
Like anything else, locks will wear down with time and continued use. So it’s essential to have your locks regularly inspected by a professional to ensure everything works as it should.
Although it is less frequent to get locked out due to a lock unexpectedly breaking, small issues can quickly turn into more significant problems. For instance, not lubricating your door locks frequently to help remove dirt and debris can potentially jam a lock.
It’s always better to be proactive and an experienced locksmith can advise you on how to take good care of your locks.
As an added benefit, regularly inspecting your locks will help you build a relationship with a trustworthy and qualified locksmith in your area.
This way, in case an emergency such as getting locked out occurs, you’ll already have a reliable local locksmith in your contact list to get in touch with for assistance. As a result, you won’t have to waste time trying to find a reputable locksmith on the spot.
Consider Upgrading to Smart Locks
Smart locks eliminate the need for keys entirely, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your keys on the wrong side of the door ever again. Here are a few others notable benefits of going keyless:
- With Yale’s smart lock security range, you can lock your doors with the tap of a button (via the dedicated Yale Security app, dedicated key fob or by typing in a unique code).
- Set a temporary code to let friends, relatives or service providers in while you’re not home.
Locked out? An Emergency Solution
These preventive measures can help you avoid that unpleasant feeling which comes with standing outside of your door, with no way to get in and no one to blame but yourself.
However, if you ever find yourself in the situation of a lockout, there is no need to panic. Just contact us online or give us a call at 0800 0612 677 for 24/7 locksmith response.