What to Do When You're Locked Out of Your House

What to Do When You're Locked Out of Your House

You just ran outside to take the trash to the curb, and you didn’t think twice about closing the door behind you. When you go running back up to the house, however, and try to push the door open… gulp. Locking yourself out of the house sucks. Getting trapped outdoors can even be dangerous if the weather is extreme. Learning what to do when you’re locked out of your house is important, and so is remaining calm. Here are some tips for how to handle getting stuck on the front porch:

Recruit Some Neighbors to Boost You Through a Window

Hopefully, you gave your next door neighbors a key in the event you were locked out of your home, but even if you didn’t they can still come in handy. Do a quick walk around of your property and see if there are any cracked windows. Popping out a screen is fairly easy, and with the help of your neighbor’s ladder or bar stool, you may be able to crawl in. Having a second set of hands to steady your ladder is safer – don’t go it alone. You may even be able to get into a lower window with a manual boost from a few friends. 

Remove the Door Handle (If It Doesn’t Have a Deadbolt)

If you’re locked out because your roommate or spouse secured the deadbolt while you were out and about, you should rule out trying to pick the lock. However, if you’re locked out because a door handle latched, you may be able to finagle your way in with a tool set. A door handle lock can often be removed altogether from the outside. Push in the small latch near the base of the knob and pull the handle off the door, then pry off the trim with a flathead screwdriver. From there , you can usually use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the rest of the exterior portion of the handle and access the locking mechanism. 

Break the Glass in Case of Emergency

If your young kids are inside or its freezing and your neighbors aren’t home, you may have to break a window to get back inside. The cleanest way to break a window is to use a hammer or other metal object and focus on one corner of the window. Stand to the side to avoid any broken glass and deliver firm strikes. You may be able to break off a few large pieces and reach in to unlock the window; if the entire window shatters, you won’t want to be standing directly in front of it. 

Suck It Up and Call a Locksmith

Sometimes the best thing to do is just call a locksmith. Assuming you have your phone or can borrow one from a neighbor, search for emergency locksmiths near you. Most locksmiths can make quick work of breaking into a standard lock, and they may be able to cut you another key so you can give a spare to a friend or hide it creatively in the yard. Expect to pay about $50-75 in most places. 

Dealing with how to get into your locked house is nearly a non-issue when you have a smart lock system. Check out the keyless entry locks on The Home Security Superstore, or look at our home security locks for sale. When you can use a keypad or fingerprint to get in, losing your key becomes a thing of the past. Still have questions about home security? Contact us today to learn more about DIY lock options.