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Safety Nugget Week of July 24 - Locked out of the House!< Back to Blog

Jul 26, 2017
By: K. Vennavelli
Categories: Safety

Locked out of the House!

Last week, our three-year-old son locked himself inside the house while Anand and I are working in our front yard. We didn’t realize that until we are headed inside and we saw the garage door locked but, that should be less than 5 minutes he headed into the garage. Our first concern was, was he in the garage? It was a very hot day and he usually cannot open the door that leads to the house. Soon, we went around the house and called for him from the backyard, for which he responded. We were at least relived he is inside the house and not locked in the garage. We talked to him but couldn’t get him to open the dead bolt. Out of the three doors that lead to the house, he somehow communicated and opened one of them and got us inside, for which we were very proud he could do it.

The next day, we thought we should have a backup plan to get inside the house when we are ever in a situation like locking ourselves out with nothing in our hands at that moment, no matter whose mistake it is. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • It is always your first bet to seek a neighbor for help for a phone, if you need to call a friend or your security company or your apartment management or even 911.
  • Neighbors can also help you with the tools, if you are looking for any.
  • While searching the web, I came across this article on how to break into your house. Although, none would have worked for me at that moment, it is an interesting read!
  • The other and most convincing solution we found is, to replace the front door lock with a new type of lock. These days, with new technology, there are several types of locks like the keypad deadbolts, biometric deadbolts, which can get you inside without having to use a key. These are expensive, but one of the solution.

No matter what your situation is, it is always a good idea to at least think about it and have a plan, before it happens!


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