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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Questions to Ask When Calling an Emergency Locksmith for a Car Lockout

by Darlene Jenkins

Calling an emergency 24 hour locksmith is the right choice when you've been locked out of your car, as trying to break back in can mean damage to the car or a risk to your own safety. When breaking into your car, this can mean a shattered window that can cause cuts and gashes. That shattered window can also be very expensive to repair. When calling an emergency locksmith, note a few questions to ask before you have them meet you at your location.

1. Can they rekey or replace the lock on the spot?

If you've lost your keys, it's best to have your locks rekeyed or replaced on the spot, as you don't know who may have picked up your keys from the gym, your office, or anyplace else. It's easy to think that no one would use your keys to break into your car but this often happens when someone leaves their keys behind, and your car stereo and airbags could be gone overnight, or the car itself could be gone the next day.

You also want to be sure to do this if you've broken a key off in the lock. In some cases a locksmith may be able to pull the key out but even so, they may need to rekey or replace the lock if the tumblers inside are broken or damaged. If this is why you need a locksmith, be sure to ask about this service. Don't just assume that all 24-hour emergency locksmiths can rekey your lock or replace it on the spot, especially if you have upgraded alarms or locks on your car. Discuss with them the type of lock you have or the make and model of your car and note specifically if they can replace or rekey those locks when they come to your location.

2. Can they pop a trunk lock?

It's not uncommon for a car owner to lock their keys in the trunk after locking their car; they may set the keys down to get groceries or forget that the keys are in their briefcase that they just put in the trunk. However, not all locksmiths may be able to pop the trunk lock; this lock is a bit more complicated than a standard door lock as it's meant to keep the trunk closed and not just secured. When calling a locksmith for keys that are locked inside the trunk of a car, be sure to ask about this or note that they may need to open the locks of the car so you can pop the trunk from there instead.