Office Lockout Prevention Tips

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A busy day at the office with lots of upcoming deadlines and many project delays would be the least ideal scenario in which you or one of your crucial employees would remain locked out of an office. Unfortunately, wishful thinking will not do you a lot of good when it comes to lockouts. The dreaded events tend to occur when you least expect them to, and they bring along a series of delays or halts in your activity. And this is never good for business. So what can you do to make sure you never lock yourself out of your office (again)? Here are a few anti-lockout tips that have been previously tested to prove their efficiency. But first...

Locked Out? Take A Deep Breath

If you are currently dealing with a lockout situation and you have no idea how to escape it – or, better yet, make it back into your office – here is what you need to do.

  • First of all, try to remain calm. Take some deep breaths and try not to panic. There is an easy way out of this, and you should be able to get back into your office without further delays. If one of your employees has a spare key, give them a call and ask them to come over and unlock your office. If you do not have your phone on you, borrow one. Email or text someone who could be of help, even if it is after hours. Someone will most likely notice your message and drop by with a key or an access code that should help you unlock your office locks on the spot.

  • If there is no spare key in your immediate vicinity, and you must urgently get back into your office, call an emergency lockout service. Authorized locksmiths that provide commercial services have fully-equipped mobile vans ready to come to your rescue. Our service is widely spread in all US states and remote areas and can reach any address or GPS location within 20 to 30 minutes from placing a call with us.

  • Keep in mind you will most likely have to pay for the lockout costs from your own pocket since this is not truly a business expense. However, we will try our very best to give you the most affordable price possible and help you resume your activity in no time. No delays, no extra hassle, no damage to the lock. Our emergency lockout services are clean simple and fast. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How To (Never) Lock Yourself Out Of An Office (Again)

Indifferent of the type of lock access system you may be using, you can use clever tips to prevent getting locked out. Below we are going to discuss a few of the most effective prevention measures for office lockouts.

Carry Your Office Keys/Keypad On You

Make sure you always have your keys or electronic passcode card on you when getting ready to leave the office. Whether it's a short trip to the restroom or the office cafeteria, you have no excuse to grab your keys along. You never know when a powerful draft could close the door behind you – and automatically lock it. Or when a sneaky building visitor might take advantage of the fact that there is no one in and snoop around your confidential files. Do not simply assume one of your coworkers will be in the office by the time you will come back from a break. Plus, why risk bothering them or interrupting their important work by asking them to give you their keys when you could manage your own office access with your own set of keys?

Service Your Locks Periodically

If your locks are not well maintained and are showing signs of malfunction or flaws, your keys may be soon rendered useless. A locksmith should periodically inspect your office locks and keys and make sure all systems are in place and working at full capacity. Have broken or faulty locks replaced or re-keyed, and consider upgrading to a smart or electronic lock system that should prevent annoying lockouts.

Keep Your Phone On You

Make sure you also have your phone on you all the time. You could use it to call or text someone and ask them to bring a spare key or help you unlock your office using a different method. Often times, locksmiths will ask you a lot of helpful details on the type of lock they will need to pick over the phone. The more details you can provide them with, the better prepared they will arrive and the quicker they will let you access your office once again. You could use your phone to take a picture of the door/lock you will require help with and send it to a nearby locksmith.

Get In Touch With Your Community Team

If you cannot access your building or office outside of business hours, get in touch with your community team using your email and wait for their prompt response. There are several methods to confirm the email address of your building, depending on the device you will be using. Keep all the necessary data saved someplace safe so you can immediately access it and avoid getting stranded out of your office for too long.

Practice Mindfulness

Remain aware of your surroundings and the keys you need to grab – be it keys to your home, car, office cabinets, safe, or office. Never leave a room without knowing exactly what set of keys you will need to use upon your return.

Save the number of an emergency locksmith in your phone, on speed dial, and use it as soon as you find yourself in a lockout situation you cannot escape on your own.

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