When you're a parent, situations that cause you to panic can occur in a split second. Whether you've just stepped outside to pick something out of the garden or take the garbage out, it can be easy for an adventurous child to lock the door behind you. Ideally, you'll be able to talk the child into unlocking the door, but if he or she cannot move the locking mechanism or has gone to another area of the home, it's time to think fast. You might be tempted to break a window and get in, but this isn't necessarily the best decision. Here's how you should proceed.
- Quickly take stock of anything that is within reach that could harm your child. For example, is there a pot that is boiling on the stove that the child could grab? Are there lit candles anywhere within reach? If there is an acute danger for your child, you might have to break a window and get inside immediately. If there are no acute dangers, try to remain calm.
- Consider whether anyone you know has a spare key to your home. When you're panicking about the situation, you might forget to think of this simple solution. In many cases, a neighbor or a family member who lives nearby has a key to look after your home when you're away, and you can simply contact the person and get the key to gain entry.
- If you can't get in touch with someone who has a key, look around the outside of the home to see if there is a way of gaining entry. For example, the child might have locked the door, but perhaps a secondary door stays unlocked. Or, in some cases, you might be able to slide a window open and climb in. If you have a ladder in your backyard shed, consider how you might be able to use it. For example, if you have a deck off the second floor and the sliding door is unlocked, this could be a method. However, don't put yourself in harm's way.
- If there's no way to get inside your home on your own, you want to still be able to get inside as quickly as possible, even if there's no apparent immediate danger to your child. Use your smartphone to look up a locksmith that is located near your home. Call the number and explain the seriousness of the situation. If you don't have your phone with you, knock on a neighbor's door and ask to use his or her phone. The locksmith will arrive shortly and be able to get you inside.
For more information and tips, contact a locksmith company, such as Redmond Lock & Key.