It’s happened to the best of us: you left your keys on the kitchen counter and now you can’t get back in. In times like these, we often feel like turning to desperate measures, but in truth, breaking a window is never a good plan. Not only will it cause costly damage to your home, but it runs the risk of causing bodily harm. The good news is that there are plenty of other workable options that can get you back indoors quickly and safely.
What to do when you're locked out
If you are wondering what to do when you’re locked out of your house, keep a few of these options in mind next time you’re out in the cold.
Call Someone With a Spare Door Key
Sometimes, getting back indoors is just a simple waiting game. If your spouse, child or other family member has a door key, call them to see if they can make a quick trip back home to let you in. If they aren’t able to come back right away, find a way to kill a few hours until they can.
Check for Unlocked Windows and Doors
While we would never recommend intentionally leaving your home unsecured, you may have accidentally left a window unlocked the last time you opened it to let a cool breeze in that can help you get back inside. Be sure to try all back doors and patio doors first before resorting to more creative options.
In any case, just don’t do anything that could cause damage to your home or yourself in the process. You don’t want to be faced with replacing a window or door sooner than necessary.
Once you do get back inside, make sure to lock up more thoroughly in the future and consider hiding a spare key in a secure location outside.
Call a Locksmith to Unlock Your Door
When all else fails, be grateful for modern mobile technology that can get you in touch with a locksmith quickly. Although you may not be happy to pay top rates for an after-hours call, it’s much better than paying for a replacement window.
How to Avoid Getting Locked Out of the House in the Future
In the end, the best defense against getting locked out of your home is to have plenty of back-up plans that will help you regain entry the next time you are locked out. While it may not bring much comfort to your current situation, you can chalk it up as a learning experience that’ll prevent you from dealing with the same problem again.
Create a Back-Up Front Door Key
One good solution for the future is to keep a back-up key somewhere safe and accessible. While we don’t recommend keeping a spare under the doormat, as everyone knows that trick, having it in your wallet or car is a great alternative, as you’ll always have it with you.
Now, if your car fob and your wallet are locked inside with your house keys, the spare method may not be for you.
Implement Keypad Home-Entry Access
Instead, you can add a garage keypad to your home’s exterior. If you’re going to keep a spare key outside the home but not in your car or wallet, the garage offers plenty of secure areas for you to tuck it away. To gain entry, you just enter your custom code; no additional keys to worry about or potentially lose.
There are also a variety of keyless smart locks on the market for those who regularly misplace keys. With just a few quick button presses, you can get back indoors right away.
Update Hardware on Entry and Patio Doors
If your keys are lost, not just locked inside, it’s important to replace the locks on your home’s doors and get new keys. To avoid replacing all the locks each time you lose your keys, however, as this can be costly and time-consuming, opt for a one-time hardware replacement featuring SmartKey® Re-Key technology that adapts your door’s lock to new keys in seconds.
Visit any of our showrooms throughout the US and Canada to see our hardware offerings firsthand, or simply reach out to us online. Remember, replacing your door’s hardware is a lot more affordable than replacing an entire window you may have damaged while locked out of your home!