It is winter in New England which means it is that special time of year when the “feels like” temperature is negative. With extreme cold weather, you want to prepare for everything. From having some road salt on hand for the driveway to make sure you don’t let your windshield wipers freeze to the windshield. But another issue that is extremely common this time of year is broken locks and keys due to freezing temperatures. To avoid breaking your locks or your keys this winter follow these simple tips.
How To Prevent Frozen Locks
Whether you are worried about the locks for your car or for your home/business there are a few steps you can take to avoid issues with frozen locks. The first step is to you a lock lubricant like WD-40. Similar to changing out the antifreeze in your car you want to make sure you handle lock lubricant at the beginning of the winter. But of course, you may need to reapply lubricant throughout the season. Store up on de-icer. Make sure to not keep de-icer inside your car. Many car owners make this simple mistake, not realizing that if they can’t bypass their locks they can’t get to the de-icer. Although these methods are both preventative, in the event you do not have a lubricant or de-icer you will need to try other methods to handle frozen locks.
What To Do If Your Lock Is Frozen
Using a lighter or a match, you can warm a lock so you can get past any ice. It is not recommended that you use hot water because the water will freeze very quickly and can cause more harm than good. If you do not have any way to heat the lock to melt away the excess ice, the best thing to do is call your local locksmith. A locksmith that serves an area of towns and is able to come to your location will bring de-icer or similar products to help you quickly deal with icy locks. They can also make recommendations on how to prevent future freezing.
Call Bedford Lock & Key to Help With Frozen Locks
If you are on your phone locked out of your car or your home, do not stay freezing. Contact us and a member of our team will quickly drive out to your location and help you get back into your car. Even if it isn’t a frozen lock, if you have lockout issues, our team is available 24/7 via phone.