How to Avoid Getting Locked Out of Your House

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It’s one of the unfortunate, unwritten laws of life: sooner or later, you’re going to lock yourself out of the house.

It’s not a fun experience, as anyone who’s ever found themselves locked out in the dead of winter or the middle of the night can tell you.

Fortunately, there are ways you to avoid getting locked out without calling a locksmith or – worse — having to drill holes in your locks. Montgomery, PA residents can make their lives easier with these few steps to keep from getting locked out.

1. Make checking your pockets or purse a habit

Every time you get ready to leave the house, get in the habit of making sure you have everything you need: wallet, watch, cellphone…and keys.

2. Make sure your locks actually work

It’s one thing to lock yourself out of the house because you left your keys inside, another to get stuck because your locks have seen better days.

If your locks stop working and become hard to open, it can put stress on the key, which can break off in the lock. By making sure they have working locks, Montgomery, PA residents can help ensure they don’t get stuck outside their home.

You can do this by having new locks installed or having old locks re-keyed by a certified locksmith.

3. Don’t copy a copy

For the same reason, make sure you don’t make duplicates of your duplicate keys. The further away you get from the original key, the harder it will be to turn the lock. And a duplicate of a poorly-functioning key might not even work at all. Be sure any spare keys you have made come from the original key.

4. Check ALL your locks

You may have locked your front door, but that doesn’t mean every entrance to your home is cut off. Walk around the outside of your home checking other doors and windows.

Who knows? Your forgetfulness might just save the day. After all, if you forgot your keys inside, maybe you also forgot to lock ALL the entries.

5. Create a contact list

Make sure your phone has an extensive emergency contact list of people you can call if you get locked out, whether it’s a neighbor who can swoop in with a spare key or a friend who can let you crash at their house for a while until you can get back in.

Where should I keep my extra key?

Having an extra key handy is the easiest way to make sure you don’t lock yourself out of the house. However, there are good and bad places to keep this key.


  • With a friend, family member or neighbor that you trust
  • Inside your briefcase or bag
  • Inside your electrical panel, with the panel locked behind a combination lock
  • Hidden inside a contractor’s box


  • Under a welcome mat or planter
  • In your mailbox
  • Taped under a windowsill
  • On your dog’s collar

If all else fails, call a locksmith

In fact, we’d recommend having a locksmith programmed into your emergency contacts so you’re not stuck trying to find someone in a pinch.

Make sure Holicong Security is in your contact list. For more than 60 years, folks who needed new locks in Montgomery, PA have called on Holicong to help protect their homes.

Whether you need to replace outdated locks at your home or business, have your locks re-keyed or need a master key system for your business, we can help.

Contact us today to find out how our security experts can protect your home…or if you’ve just found yourself locked out.

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