Dealing With Lockout Emergencies

Dealing With Lockout EmergenciesIt’s a lockout emergency.  Maybe your keys are locked in your car in the pouring rain.  Maybe you’ve come home to find someone’s broken in, and you need a new lock immediately.  One way or another, you need a 24/7 emergency locksmith, and you need it now.

The GTA Lockman is your choice for an emergency locksmith in the Greater Toronto Area.  We’re there, any time, day or night, to help you out.  Here’s what to do in an emergency lockout situation.

The first thing to remember is to stay calm.  A lockout situation is a stressful event.  An emergency is a stressful event.  Put them together, and you’re likely to have adrenaline shooting through your body.  Stay calm!  Take a deep breath.  Everything will be fine – and panicking can only make a situation worse.

Next, stay safe.  If you’re locked out, make sure you have a place to wait that’s safe, well-lit and protected from the elements.  It’s perfectly acceptable to meet the locksmith in a safe location – a neighbor’s home or a store – rather than waiting in the dark by your car or front step.

Ensure you’re actually locked out.  If it’s a matter of misplaced keys, rather than broken keys or a damaged lock, take a moment to mentally go over what you’ve done since you last locked the door – and physically retrace your steps if you can.  You’ll be amazed how often people will forget they placed their keys in a purse rather than a pocket, or that they took them out and left them on a work desk.  Especially in an emergency situation, where you’re not thinking straight, things like that can easily be forgotten.

Finally, make sure you have an emergency locksmith contact in your phone.  When you’re locked out, you may not have access to internet or a phone book or some other way of getting a locksmith’s information.  Put a locksmith in your phone, right now, and you won’t find yourself in trouble in an emergency.


What Should You Do in an Emergency Lockout Situation?

What Should You Do in an Emergency Lockout Situation?Being locked out of your home or car is annoying in any situation, but when it’s an emergency, it can be downright panic-inducing.  Late at night, in inclement weather, when you’re responsible for small children – it’s not just an inconvenience, it’s a question of safety.

The first step is to calm down.  When you panic, you make a difficult situation that much worse.  Take a few deep breaths and relax – it will help you think clearer and make better decisions.  Try not to assign blame or get angry at anyone you’re with – that can wait for later; your only goal, in an emergency, is to try to locate your keys.

Check everything – every purse, every pocket, every bag.  Make sure everyone your with does the same, including small children – you’d be surprised how often keys end up pilfered in a child’s pockets.  It’s very easy to absent-mindedly put your keys down, especially if you’re juggling a bunch of things at once, so check any carriers or strollers bags – anything you may have with you.  You’d be surprised where you put things when you’re not paying attention.

Remember the last time you used your keys.  That’s a starting point for your search.  If you keep your keys in your pocket, have you removed anything else from your pocket recently?  A wallet or something?  If so, that may be where you last had your keys.  If you have a phone with you, call the places you’ve been, to see if anyone’s turned in loose keys.  Retrace your steps as much as possible, either in person or on the phone.

If that fails, have an emergency locksmith contact.  The best thing to do is save a phone number into your cell phone.  Might as well do it right now, while you’re reading this – may we suggest (647) 646-5625? – so you have quick access to someone trustworthy in a crisis situation.  The GTA Lockman is available 24/7, so whenever you have a crisis, we’re there for you.  Remain calm, get to a safe location, and we’ll be there with lightning-quick, reliable service.


You’ve Lost Your House Keys: Now What?

You’ve Lost Your House Keys: Now What?You’re ready to go home, or go out on errands, and you reach into your pocket.  Suddenly, you realize the worst has come to pass: your keys are missing!  You pat your pockets and look around, but they’re nowhere to be seen.  Now what do you do?

Step one is simple: calm down.  Losing your keys is a stressful situation, but if you start fretting around in a panic, you’re likely to panic and miss obvious locations where you may have left your keys.  A clear mind will help you locate your keys much better than a panicked one will.

Next, retrace your steps.  Keys, as it turns out, are inanimate objects – they don’t just get up and move!  They’re likely where you last left them, so if you go through your regular routine, only backwards, you’re likely to stumble across them.  When I come home, for example, I often unbundle myself from coats, hats, scarves and the like in a big jumble all by the front door.  More than once or twice, I’ve let my keys fall into that pile – or placed them on the bookshelf and forgotten about them.  Check around the doorways, especially on tables and chairs by the doorways.  People absent-mindedly set their keys down there all the time.

Speaking of absent-mindedness, never just assume your keys can’t be somewhere.  Check unusual spots.  I’ve personally found keys:

  • In my bathtub
  • Behind the television
  • In one of my kitchen cupboards
  • Under my couch cushions
  • Dangling from my front door

…hopefully you’re not as absent-minded as me, but the point stands – check everywhere.

If your keys simply aren’t anywhere to be found, the next step would be to call a certified locksmith.  If you’re locked out, they’ll help you in, and if you need to go out, they can make new keys for you.  If your keys truly are lost, it’s best to have your locks rekeyed; that way, if someone else finds your keys, they can’t gain access to your home.