The Fire service are once again urging the public to call a Locksmith and not themselves if they become locked in or out of their homes.
This comes after the latest event in Abbey Wood, East London, yesterday morning when somebody unfortunately locked themselves in the bathroom. The fire service were alerted, by a neighbour and one engine consisting of five firefighters attended the scene. It took approximately 20 minute for the person to be released.
Over the last three years, the Brigade was called out to around 22,000 incidents involving people being locked in or locked out – costing taxpayers around £5.7m.
Dave Brown, the Brigade’s Head of Operations, Prevention and Response, said: “We get called to an absurd number of non-emergency incidents involving people who have locked themselves in or out of their homes.
He added: “If it’s not a genuine emergency, ring a locksmith, not the fire brigade. Whilst firefighters are helping people get back into their homes, someone else could be trapped in a fire. If it’s obvious to our crews that it’s not an emergency, we won’t help and people may well find themselves left out in the cold.”
Steffan George from the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), said: “There are around 3,000 locksmiths in the UK so there’s really no excuse not to call one if you find yourself locked in or out.
“In most situations, a locksmith should be with you within an hour.
“It’s always advisable to contact a qualified and inspected locksmith, such as those vetted by the MLA. I’d even suggest storing the phone number of a local locksmith in your mobile in case you ever need it.”