We’ve all been there at some point – the door has just closed, we reach for the handle to get back in and the dawning realization happens: we’ve locked ourselves out. For many people with latch lock doors, this is all too frequent a reality. When you’re already running late, your brain can miss a beat, and before you know it, you’ve accidentally let the door slam shut with your keys still on the other side. This can immediately throw your day off track completely – it’s pretty much already decided that you’re going to be late for work when this happens, for example. All is not lost, however, and there are still plenty of ways you can turn things around and still have a successful day.. Here are a few of the things that will undoubtedly happen when you’ve locked yourself out of your house, and a few solutions to make things better, too.
You will consider scaling the wall
After unsuccessfully ramming your whole bodyweight against the solid door frame for half a minute or so, you will probably have accepted that no – breaking it down is not an option. It is at this point where you will instead find yourself stepping back and looking at up at the walls of your home. You’re pretty sure that window is still unlocked, surely you could get in through there, right? But bear in mind that shimmying up the drainpipe is made out to be a lot easier in films than it is in real life. You risk hurting yourself by trying to climb into your home, or worse still, a passer-by could mistake you for a burglar! Yes, being locked out is really annoying, but it’s not worth putting yourself at risk for.
You will try picking the lock
Another thing that we have movies to blame for is the notion of being able to pick the locks of doors. Sure, it can work sometimes, but only if you have a certain level of skill and the equipment needed to do it with. Sorry, but a hairpin probably isn’t going to be the answer to your problems! You’re better off ringing a professional – Lock, Stock & Farrell offer locksmith services that can get your door open again in minutes.
You will go hunting for a spare key…
…even though you know you didn’t put one there. Hiding a spare key in the garden is something many people do, but you need to consider your personal situation and whether it’s right for you. For example, do you know and trust your neighbors? Is your area fairly safe? If you have any doubts about the security of your property, keep your keys on your person at all times.
You’ll call a friend to bail you out
It can be pretty embarrassing telling someone that you’ve locked yourself out of your house, but if you want to get back in you’ll need to bite the bullet and go for it! If you have a friend or family member who also has a key to your property, give them a call and ask them to come and help you out. Failing this, you might need to call your landlord and see if they can come and let you back in. One thing is for sure, you won’t be locking yourself out again any time soon!