Don’t get left out in the cold

If you find yourself in the awkward situation of having locked yourself out of the house, then stay safe and think about the following things. It might be worth warning the neighbours before you try this one (unless it’s 3am), look for unlocked or partially open windows. Most of us will have locked up securely before leaving but just in case you overlooked it on this occasion, try lifting a window and squeezing through. Be sensible though and don’t attempt this if it’s a tiny window and you are likely to do yourself harm.

Asking for help if it’s convenient will probably be high on your agenda. Does anyone else hold a key? If it’s a rental then can the landlord let you in? If you live in a complex then maybe there is a management office you could contact.

If you can’t get hold of anyone and you’re not confident you can get in without breaking something, then call a locksmith. For more details about Belfast Locksmiths then visit


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If the door is on a spring bolt and not a deadbolt, you could try the credit card trick, as seen in movies. Make sure you don’t use your current bank card in case it snaps. Wedge the card between the door and frame. Hold the card flush against the frame on the smallest part of the lock. Push the card in and bend away from the doorknob. This should open the latch and allow you access. If this works, get a deadbolt for security as that was too easy!

If you don’t mind explaining the situation to the Old Bill, smashing a ground floor window is a surefire way of entering your property. This will mean, however, calling out a glazier and waiting for it to be fixed. Also cleaning up the horrible mess it’s going to make and not to mention the very real possibility that you could hurt yourself.

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