Kids get locked in cars almost every day by responsible, loving parents. It can happen to any parent regardless of whether they take every safety precaution and do everything they can to protect their child. It can happen to anyone. You put your keys down for a few seconds, and you’re distracted, or you lock the door without thinking out of habit. Then, you suddenly realize your small child is inside the locked car, and you are outside and panic sets in.
How to unlock the Car?
Today’s cars are much more advanced with automatic controls that monitor locks, windows, trunks, etc. There are only a few ways to get your car unlocked if you lock your keys in your car. Call a friend or relative that has a spare remote key to open your vehicle.
Try the windows and doors. Sometimes, doors may not be closed all of the way and you can tug on them and they will open. You may be able to force a window down slightly or pull it out enough to insert a coat hanger in to press the unlock button or push a window down. With electronic windows, this may not work.
Lastly, when you’re outside of your car, unable to get in and need immediate assistance, an Emergency Locksmith can quickly get you back in your vehicle. Most Emergency Locksmiths are available to come directly to you. Their services can be performed right where you are, without any hassle and in no time at all.
What to tell the Emergency Locksmith?
1. Where you are located
Your phone’s GPS will provide your exact location, or you can tell the Locksmith about cross streets or familiar landmarks such as a restaurant, hotel or mall.
2. Tell them the make and model of your car
The manufacturer and model will not only make it easier for professional help to find you, but it will also give them an idea of what vehicle they’ll be working on and provide clues on how to best unlock the car.
3. Location of your key FOB or Transponder Key in the car if you can see it.
Is it on the seat, the floor, front or back seat?
If Your Child is in Distress
Children are more vulnerable to heatstroke than an adult. When there is no air current, such as in a parked car, the child’s body cannot cool down from sweating. In direct sun on a hot day, a child’s body temperature can rise rapidly. If it is 90 degrees outside, it is 124 degrees inside the car.
You can’t wait 30-to-60 minutes for a police officer to arrive if your child is ill or injured. You may have to break the side window of your vehicle and rescue your child. Structurally, the side window isn’t as hard as a laminated windshield, which is specifically designed to withstand impact.
Use whatever tools or objects you can find to do the job. A sharp, jagged rock or a heavy object can break a car window fairly easily. Aim for the edge of the window and make sure to target the window farthest away from your child to minimize the danger of flying glass.