For most of us, getting locked out of our home is a nuisance, but usually not a life-threatening situation. We have cell phones we can use to call for assistance, significant others able to come to our rescue with a spare key, or the ability to wait awhile for help to arrive in the form of a professional Omaha locksmith.Residential lockout situations become more serious for those don’t have as many ready options, and very often, those most at risk when they become locked out are the elderly or infirm. Older individuals are less likely to have a long list of friends or relatives who can quickly respond with help, and few are as attached to electronic communication devices as their younger counterparts. To make matters worse, these individuals are also more susceptible to heat or cold, may need ready access to medications, or become extremely vulnerable when residential lockouts occur.
There are some things you can do to help elderly family members prepare for residential lockout situations should they occur, and there are even few things that can be done to help prevent them from happening in the first place.
Check to make sure doors and locks are functioning properly.
Spend some time inspecting the existing locks and locking mechanisms in their home. Many lockout situations are caused by sticking or ill-functioning locks that if simply repaired or replaced, can save a lot of time responding to lockouts later. Our trained technicians can do a thorough analysis of all door locks in the home to make sure they are functioning properly.
Have a lockout plan in place.
Talking about what to do in the event of a lockout is always a good idea. If your elderly parent finds themselves locked out of their home, they should be prepared with a simple plan of action to get back inside as soon as possible. If there are reliable neighbors that live next door, having a spare key in their possession is a simple solution. Or, create a layered security plan where a spare key can be accessed but isn’t readily available in an obvious hiding spot (like under the mat, or on the door sill). An example of a layered security plan might include:
- hiding a key to the garden shed in an inconspicuous place where the locked out individual can retrieve it;
- securing the garden shed with a combination lock;
- hiding a house key inside of the garden shed.
In this way, the house key is accessible, but a little more difficult for someone who shouldn’t have access to find it.
Make the move to keyless entry.
Let’s face it – keys and locks set up situations where lockouts can, and eventually do, occur. Installing a keyless entry system with a simple keypad is a great alternative to bypass the key hassles altogether. Installing this system, and creating a keycode that is simple for the individual to remember (maybe a wedding anniversary or grandchild’s birthdate?) adds convenience and security while assuring that lockouts will become a thing of the past.
Big Red Locksmiths has many keyless entry options for residential installation. We’ll help identify the most effective and secure options to make sure your elderly friend or relative is never locked out again. 402-554-0499.